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Mar 17, 2014

Delroy Cuthkelvin boycotts Stann Creek West convention

Delroy Cuthkelvin

There is much more discontent in the U.D.P. ranks to report tonight. He might not be at the level of former Prime Minister, Manuel Esquivel, but Delroy Cuthkelvin is certainly one of the U.D.P. faithful. While he remains faithful, Cuthkelvin is frustrated with what he calls a deliberate attempt by Party Chairman, Alberto August, to undermine him. Cuthkelvin threw his hat in the ring in Stann Creek West, and the convention for that area was scheduled for Sunday. Even going up against veteran Melvin Hulse, Cuthkelvin was actually considered a front-runner in the race. But he pulled out of the race in a last minute protest, because he says U.D.P. Chairman Alberto August attempted to manipulate the convention to favor Hulse. Today Cuthkelvin told News Five that he is prepared for battle because he will not be pushed around by the Chairman.


Delroy Cuthkelvin, Candidate for Stann Creek West

Melvin Hulse

“On Tuesday, the party called all candidates and representatives of their campaigns for a meeting in Silk Grass where we were supposed to agree to a short list of persons who would not vote in the convention. This would include executive members of the P.U.P. in the constituency, persons who run for village council for the P.U.P…very short list. And we came up with two hundred and something names and all of us signed off on that. We later found out that the chairman had met with Melvin Hulse and came up with six hundred and odd other names making it a total of eight hundred and ninety-five. After agitation from us, the party had to call an emergency meeting on Friday evening, but at that meeting, the Chairman, at the beginning of that meeting insisted that he was going to stick by this list of eight hundred ninety-five people except for one or two persons who we agreed could come off. And we made the point that this was a fraudulently arrived at list and we were not even going to countenance that list for deliberation in terms of who was going to stay on the list or not. And so the chairman was adamant that he was going to stick to that list except for one or two names that he wanted us to agree on. And so we walked out of the meeting and by Saturday afternoon, we had to make the decision that we could not go to a convention which such a long list that clearly was most of our supporters. And so we boycotted the convention on Sunday; we did not participate.”


Alberto August

Mike Rudon

“But what happens now because I understand that the convention still happened and Melvin Hulse won. What happens now? What do you do now?”


Delroy Cuthkelvin

“So we that the convention happened. We are now currently meeting…we are just to meet with our committee in Hopkins; this is a constituency-wide committee that I consult before making any decisions. And after our meeting, we will decide what measures exactly we are going to take to ensure that our party listens to us. We have called on the party leader to convene because we are convinced that Mister August has been acting undemocratically and he was prepared to do everything to ensure that Melvin Hulse won the convention, which as you said has happened. We are determined that the party and the party leader must listen to us. So we are not sure exactly what form we are going to take in terms of pressuring them to listen to us, but this matter will not rest.”


Cuthkelvin is meeting with his committee tonight to determine his next move.

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5 Responses for “Delroy Cuthkelvin boycotts Stann Creek West convention”

  1. franky says:

    you see again, the beast strike again…. now you can see for yourself how your own party is getting rid of you. They have this thing set out perfectly to make you loose. Its a good thing you did not participate in the convention. The next best honourable thing to do is to convince your supporters to vote for PUP in the general election and teach them a lesson.

  2. dats just gud says:

    these people, these people, will never learn they just sinking themselves in the hole with these internal nonsense………..well its their funeral………

  3. franky says:

    God will be on your side Delroy. you know that easter is around the bend. That is why they did this to you. They condemned you and nail you on the cross. This is to show they have no mercy for their own people. You do the math and you will know the next thing they will do to you is strip you off your job.

  4. Red says:

    Such a good idea, toy with the outcomes, Hulse got spanked and will get spanked again… Hulse shouldn’t run for office anymore his political career is already past…

  5. r-dale says:

    doesn’t matter none of the canidates can beat rodwell in the general

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