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Missing in action! Unexplained absence from Vanterpool at Opposition events

Mark Vanterpool

There has been an unexplained absence surrounding Fourth District Representative Mark Vanterpool who’s been noticeably missing from recent public briefings with the parliamentary opposition.

Vanterpool, who is known for being outspoken on topical issues in the territory, was last seen seated at an Opposition press briefing on March 16.

This pre-dates the territory’s first 24-hour lockdown.

Since then, Vanterpool has been the only member from the parliamentary opposition to be absent during the other two media conferences on May 19 and August 26. He was also noticeably missing from the Opposition’s live public discussion on May 26.

BVI News reached out to the senior legislator to inquire about his absence, especially during the pandemic period where topical issues have heightened.

“I am not going to have any comments right now. I am not going to comment,” he told our news centre.

Vanterpool is well

In the most recent conference with members of the Opposition, our news centre asked Opposition Leader Marlon Penn the reason behind Vanterpool’s absence for that specific meeting.

He replied: “I spoke to Honourable Vanterpool today. He’s well. He’s doing well … He gave apologies that he wouldn’t be able to make the meeting but he’s doing well.”

While Vanterpool has been missing in action for the media conferences and public discussions, he has made appearances in the House of Assembly.

The most recent was at the 13th sitting on July 28 when he debated in favour of the territory undergoing a constitutional review. The Fourth District Representative also addressed a number of topical issues in the process.

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  1. ndp heckler says:

    Once he is making money off the lockdown you wouldn’t hear his loud mouth

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  2. reality check says:

    mitch, frazer and marlon need to forget about mark, the ndp, pu and vipm and form a new alliance party. all the have to do is find a couple more decent candidates who have the country at heart

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  3. loose says:

    I dont know why ayo leh that man get back in the house for? He only interested in he pocket

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  4. Disappointed says:

    Kenny Rogers song says know when to walk away. Not studying people in his run down looking district. Too busy playing monopoly. Needs to throw in the towel.

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  5. Sam says:

    Why this this man waste his time and the tax payers money when he declared that he wanted to remain the Representative of the 4th District? What’s worst, the foolish people in his district made noise and demanded that he be reinstated. It was obvious then that Mr. Vanterpool no longer is interested in politics and its even more obvious now. When will some people learn and act like them have common sense? The man don’t want to be in politics.

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  6. Been saying says:

    MARK WENT GHOST FOR A WHILE. HE COULD CARE LESS, HE IS TO BUSY FILLING UP HIS BANK ACCOUNT(S). HE IS IN GOVERNMENT TO KEEP THE STATUS GOING.HE IS JUST NOT INTO IT ANY MORE AND SHOULD RETIRE FROM POLITICS.

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  7. @Sam says:

    Agreed 2000%. HE HAS NO INTEREST IN POLITICS OR SERVING THE PEOPLE OF DISTRICT4, I WOULD SAY THE PEOPLE OF HIS DISTRICT GOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU DESERVE.THE RED FLAG WENT UP WHEN YOU VOTED HIM BACK IN, HE SPAT IN YOUR FACES WHEN HE RESIGNED FOR PERSONAL REASONS THENNNNN HE WANTED BACK IN AND YOU IN DISTRICT4 PUT YOUR HANDS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK TO GET HIM BACK IN NOW HE WENT GHOST ON YOU. YEAH YOU GUYS IN DISTRICT4 GOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU DESERVE. MY ADVICE TO YOU MARK, STOP TRYING TO SAVE FACE AND RETIRE FROM POLITICS.

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  8. Yawn says:

    Mark never planned to run last election, NDP poke and prod him to run with aspirations of being returned to power. After his team got a whipping he once again showed his lack of enthusiasm of being the representative of the 4th by making a video saying that he quit. He felt bad hearing all the views and comments by people and decided to give it another shot and made a spectacle of himself with a loud speaker to force his way back into the house. Now being in the Opposition especially one as weak as the current one isn’t for the weak of heart. When it was just the 2 NDP doctors, Dr Smith used to walk out of the HOA a lot when he couldn’t take the fire. It’s hard being a back bencher and even harder being in the opposition. That’s why Mark got the name grass hopper because he like to jump where the grass is greener. Mark was a minister who had access to the finer things, you think sitting watching Marlon make a f*** of himself would be inspiring to somebody like Mark. When Fahie say yes Marlon say no, Fahie say up, Marlon say down. A big man like Mark ain’t got time for that especially since he just a small fish in the HOA.

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  9. Kitchen Table Group Panel says:

    We the Panel, all ten of us also agreed that it is time to step aside from Politics.

  10. Absentee says:

    Mark couldn’t care less. He’s going to cruise his way into retirement. He’s like someone who no longer has interest in a relationship but doesn’t want to break the news. Well actually, he did break the news….

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  11. Come on man says:

    Your District is looking like a GHETTO. You can care less about your District. Mr. Vanterpool, YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK. Besides FRASER, THE OPPOSITION IS A MOVING TRAIN WREAK. I can’t say it enough, Ms. Alvera made the right move by getting saving herself from the train wreak. PENN YOU ARE A LOCAL BOY BUT IT IS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU BECOME THE NEXT PREMIER. Whatever plans you and MYRON HAVE TO RUN THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT GOING TO WORK.YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO RUN THE COUNTRY LOCAL BOY OR NOT.

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  12. Forward ever Backward never says:

    Now the people from the 4th district will understand clearly that they can’t move forward with Mark Vanterpool. It was just his ego and … that was at play when he made coming back a big issue. It was never love for country. If he had any decency he will just walk away knowing he does not want to be there anyway. Smfh.

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  13. Cross Over says:

    Honourable Vanterpool, there’s two things we the general public know:
    1) You are cruising to retirement on your last term in political office
    2) You are totally uncomfortable sitting in the opposition
    Here’s my simple advise, Cross over to the government side, just like your good friend the wise Hon Alvera Caines did, and enjoy your cruise to retirement, while at least getting stuff done for district 4 on your way out.

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