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Mar 11, 2014

Quarrel in the U.D.P.; Councilor Willoughby forgives Herman Longsworth

Herman Longsworth

Last week Thursday, U.D.P. Minister of State Herman Longsworth accused Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega of undermining him to benefit Belize City Councilor Phillip Willoughby – basically stealing his idea and giving it to Willoughby. See, Willoughby intends to run in the Albert Division, a seat recently claimed by Herman Longsworth. Willoughby allegedly enjoys the backing of Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega. Now this has to be a novel feeling for residents of the chronically deprived Conch Shell Bay – politicians fighting to see who will do work in the area. Of course, that’s assuming the work will progress from concept stage. But it is news because of the accusations levied against Vega. Following on the heels of Longsworth’s angry tirade, at the House meeting last Friday, Willoughby escorted Vega up the steps of the National Assembly. Escort duties finished, News Five caught up to Willoughby for a very brief interview. For context, we first revisit Longsworth’s comments the day before.

 

Herman Longsworth, Albert Area Rep. [File: March 6th, 2014]

“The day after I sat with my colleague who is responsible for lands and told him that I had lease papers for people in Conch Shell Bay who needed to regularize their documents…none other than his Commissioner of Lands is walking through Conch Shell Bay with my opponent.”

 

Reporter

“So obviously some bigger games are being played because Willoughby has an ad with German Vega in it?”

 

Herman Longsworth

“He can have an ad with anybody in it. Willoughby has the right to contest me, just like I had a right to contest Tom Morrison when I did…”

 

Reporter

“However your Cabinet colleague should support an elected representative.”

 

Herman Longsworth

“I hear that and there is no responsibility, there is no onus to say yes he must. But I don’t think it is right that he should be undermining. If you don’t support you don’t support and you have the right to that. I chose who I wanted to support when I needed to support. I have that right. But I have never undermined anybody and I’ve never tried to.”

 

Phillip Willoughby

Phillip Willoughby, Aspiring U.D.P. Candidate

“I am a party member, a party loyalist. I just came over here with the Deputy Prime Minister and that was it. However if anyone interprets that, they are obligated to that opinion.”

 

Reporter

“Mr. Herman Longsworth came out swinging at you and the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday. Have you heard about it, and if so what’s your response?”

 

Phillip Willoughby

“I forgive him. Last night I was actually out campaigning. The rain came down and we had blackouts but no sir…whatever it is…no comment sir.”

 

Reporter

“He is saying that the Conch Shell Bay thing was really his idea. He took it to the Deputy Prime Minister and then it was basically leaked to you so that you could claim it.”

 

Phillip Willoughby

“You and I aren’t gullible. But for whatever that is worth, I have no knowledge of that.”

 

However this spat turns out, the reality is that U.D.P. conventions in areas which currently have an area representative won’t be held anytime in the near future, so Willoughby will just have to cool his heels for the time being.

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1 Response for “Quarrel in the U.D.P.; Councilor Willoughby forgives Herman Longsworth”

  1. Ali BaBarrow- says:

    Handing out land to get votes. That is the great idea that got stolen?
    WHAT do you expect from UDP corruption officers at the trough?

    Penner is my choice along with Mello, to win Belize rigged-elections.

    As for these two Albert clowns, more of the same.

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