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May 27, 1998

Sankey hands over P.U.P. Queen’s Square nomination to Dickie Bradley

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It was a tactic lifted right out of the U.D.P. playbook. Take a well-known personality with a flair for the unexpected, and place him in a constituency against a strong incumbent who looks like a sure thing. The objective: not necessarily victory but a chance to throw the enemy camp into turmoil. In this case the wild card was not the suddenly solvent Derek Aikman and the constituency not Fort George. The new kid on the P.U.P. block is media personality Dickie Bradley and the streets he’ll be walking are those of Queen’s Square, a division which since 1984 has been the exclusive turf of Deputy Prime Minister Dean Barrow. Rumors of Bradley’s candidacy had been floating for weeks, albeit in a number of divisions, but the party and Bradley finally settled on Queen’s Square, in an effort not only to upset Barrow but to build some muscle on the entire Belize City south side, an area vital to the P.U.P.’s future now held exclusively by the Government. Having persuaded Bradley to trade his microphone and law books for the rough and tumble world of politics it remained only to convince the existing P.U.P. Queen’s Square standard bearer to step aside. For Reginald Sankey this task seemed to be a labor of love.

Reginald Sankey, Former P.U.P. Standard Bearer

“To ensure a victory in the Queen’s Square division I would like to make sure that every stop is pulled, every stone is turned to ensure a more resounding victory. I am sure that I had Mr. Barrow on the retreat and I can do so much with bringing on board more power, more fire power. Mr. Bradley is just such a person.”

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