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Jul 2, 2021

LOO Comments on Queen Square Member Denise Barrow’s Absence

And in today’s House proceedings, Moses Shyne Barrow made his first presentation as the Leader of the Opposition. And he made his debut by, for the first time in the history of the Sitting of the House of National Assembly, engaging Standing Order Twenty-Two for which he was granted leave to make a personal explanation.  And after that brief presentation about his commitment to reform and change, he took his place next to his three colleagues, Hugo Patt; Tracey Panton and Patrick Faber. Notably, Faber was about ten minutes late and when he walked in didn’t greet Barrow nor Patt – he walked to his seat and greeted Panton – the only other member who didn’t sign the letter to remove him as Leader of Opposition. Faber was seated next to the seat for Queen Square member Denise Barrow, who was absent. We asked Leader of the Opposition Moses Shyne Barrow about Barrow’s absence. Here’s what he had to say.


Moses “Shyne” Barrow

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition

“No, she is engaged in her constituency which I completely appreciate and understand. Being here in the House doesn’t necessarily translate to service. Being in her constituency dealing with her people one on one you can’t go wrong there.”



“So, is that you have no issue with her appearing again in one of these House sittings?”


Moses “Shyne” Barrow

“As I said, everyone has a different approach. She has been to House Sittings. You would have to talk to her, I am not her spokesperson and I didn’t speak to her this morning to find her why she didn’t come but as I said I know that she is very much engaged in her constituency and her philosophy is to stay in her constituency. She doesn’t like to deal with some of the madness that happens in parliament with the name calling and the personal attacks and the back and forth. So, sometimes people may look at it as what is the point of going and being abused, disrespected and insulted which is normal behaviour for some of the members. That is something you would have to talk to her about though because I am not her spokesperson.”

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