Second District Representative Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull reportedly tried to join the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) late last year and asked to be seated as Deputy Premier if/when the VIP gets elected into government.
VIP Chairman Andrew Fahie made that disclosure during a conference with members of the media on Friday, December 14.
“In December 2017 we started a series of meetings with Honourable Turnbull who expressed interest to join the Virgin Islands Party at that time. However, I always made it clear that whatever you are going to do you have to do it correctly because, although we didn’t have members at that time, we wanted to make sure that we rebuilt the party on solid principles and foundations,” Fahie said when asked directly by the media.
“At one time he did request the Deputy Premier [post] but I can’t give what I don’t have,” Fahie added.
When asked how the discussions ended, Fahie replied: “I don’t really want to go into that … I don’t know what ended it. It just ended but we have moved on.”
News of Turnbull’s reported move to secure a top position in the VIP comes days after the young legislator said he had also requested ministerial portfolio if/when the Myron Walwyn-led NDP was re-elected into government.
Turnbull is now a member of the newly-formed, Ronnie Skelton-led Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).
The first term legislator will be responding to the claims later today, December 14.
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