‘BIG DISCUSSION’ : Pennelope Beckles-Robinson


No major fallout over Penny’s UNC duck lime

By By Camille Bethel camille.bethel@trinidadexpress.com

THERE has been no major fallout over former People’s National Movement (PNM) senator Pennelope Beckles-Robinson’s attendance at a United National Congress (UNC) duck lime two weeks ago, vice chairman of the PNM Camille Robinson-Regis said yesterday.

Responding to questions on whether the issue was raised at yesterday’s General Council meeting at Balisier House, Port of Spain, Robinson-Regis said Beckles­—the lady vice chairman of the PNM­—gave her report where she explained what took place.­ 

Robinson-Regis added that although the incident was brought up by two people at the General Council meeting there was no lengthy discussion on it.

“As she, Beckles-Robinson, has said she continues to be a strong supporter of the PNM. She is the lady vice chair which is the fourth highest office in the party’s hierarchy. 

“In so far as had been reported previously there wasn’t any  major fallout. Some people thought it was not anything that we should be overly concerned about,” she said. 

Ashton Forde, the party’s general secretary, who did not rule out disciplinary action when Beckles-Robinson attendance at the UNC lime was first published in the media, said the issue was the context in which Beckles-Robinson’s attendance at the lime was reported.

“That caused a big discussion within the party. Party members reacted to the way it was published but once an explanation was given I think it was accepted,” he said.

Robinson-Regis, who confirmed that the party’s internal elections will be held next year, said no date has been set because the chairman of the rules and regulations committee Bridgid Annisette-George along with a small team are working on establishing rules and regulations for the internal elections to ensure that the 41 constituencies are well served.

“Until we have the rules and regulations we cannot set a date, but internal elections will be next year,” she added.

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