This BVI News photograph captured on Tuesday, November 27 tells the story of the ‘new normal’ in the House of Assembly; at least until the House of Assembly dissolves so the territory can go to the polls.
The glaring parliamentary changes have to do with the accommodations that were made for three legislators, who once sat on the government side of the House, to be relocated over to the side of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
Those three legislators are NDP defectors: Ronnie Skelton, Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull, and Archibald Christian.
Turnbull and Christian both made their maiden appearance sitting on the Opposition side on Tuesday. Skelton was however absent from the sitting.
Notwithstanding, a station has already been set up on the Opposition side to accommodate Skelton, who Premier Dr D Orlando Smith fired as government’s Minister of Health and Social Development days ago.
With the addition of those aforementioned defectors, the count on the side of the Opposition now stands at five. Andrew Fahie and Julian Fraser are the two legislators that were already seated on that side of the House.
Meanwhile, on government’s side of the political aisle, newly-appointed Health Minister Marlon Penn has been bumped up to the front bench where Skelton once sat beside Education Minister Myron Walwyn, Communication & Works Minister Mark Vanterpool, Labour Minister Dr Kedrick Pickering, and Finance Minister Dr Smith.
Newly-appointed junior ministers Dr Hubert O’Neal and Alvera Maduro-Caines are the final two legislators that make up the total seven government politicians.
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