Reports that five well-known locals have been chosen as election candidates for the newly-formed Progressives United political organisation is ‘fake news’, says party founder Julian Fraser.
Queen’s Counsel Dancia Penn and former Speaker of the House of Assembly Keith Flax were among the list of names that were being circulated as Progressives United candidates.
But Fraser categorically dismissed those claims in a recent interview with BVI News.
“I have not revealed a single name to a soul … Julian Fraser has not given Jack a name of anyone running under the ticket for Progressives United,” he said.
“I had a private gathering with a select group of people to whom I disclosed the group’s name and that’s it. [I announced the name of the party] because people were concerned that they were not hearing enough. So, I called a meeting and we wheeled the name up. Anything else you saw is make-up, false, fake news,” he said.
The Fraser-led Progressives United launched the name of the party through a billboard erected near the roundabout in Road Town recently.
“It (the billboard) was all part of a soft launch, sensitising people to the name and the colours and, when the time is right, we will launch the group, the symbols … everything.”
He said the official launch of the party will be a public event. Fraser, however, was tight-lipped about the date and venue of the upcoming party launch.
In the meantime, the representative of the Third Electoral District said he is hosting a community meeting for his constituents on Thursday.
Among items on the agenda will be long-standing issues affecting the district such as water, sewerage, and road infrastructure.
The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Valerie Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay from 7 pm.
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