By Davion Smith, BVI News Staff
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith has fired Minister of Health and Social Development, Ronnie Skelton.
In detailing the circumstances under which Skelton was sacked, Premier Smith said this morning: “Over the weekend after reading an article in The [BVI] Beacon — which indicated that Ronnie Skelton confirmed [that] he will head a new party to contest the general election — I wrote to the governor advising that the honourable member’s appointment as Minister of Health & Social Development be revoked. This the governor accepted.”
“Following a conversation with the honourable member this morning (November 19), out of courtesy, I subsequently received a letter of resignation from the honourable member dated November 14,” Dr Smith added.
This is the clearest indication that Skelton is indeed the leader of the Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) — a breakaway organisation from the governing National Democratic Party (NDP).
Skelton’s sacking comes days after government legislators Archibald Christian and Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull resigned from the NDP.
Christian was subsequently fired as Junior Minister of Tourism while Turnbull indicated that he will now be sitting on the opposition side of the House of Assembly.
Both Christian and Turnbull have since confirmed their alliance with the PVIM.
Previously published article
Ronnie Skelton is no longer Minister of Health and Social Development.
Skelton’s position as government minister was revoked this morning, November 19, BVI News understands.
Acting on a report in the BVI Beacon wherein Skelton confirmed his plan to lead the breakaway political organisation — Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) — Premier Dr D Orlando Smith reportedly wrote to the governor recommending that Skelton’s ministerial post be revoked.
The premier’s recommendation was accepted and Skelton was subsequently sacked.
It is understood that the PVIM leader still tendered a resignation letter.
BVI News will provide more information as this story develops.
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