|FNM ministers slaughtered|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: May 08, 2012
In a move that was reminiscent of the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) 2002 wipeout of the Free National Movement (FNM), key members of the Ingraham administration were slaughtered in yesterday’s general election that saw the return of Perry Gladstone Christie as prime minister for a second non-consecutive term.
Outgoing Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, Minister of Education Desmond Bannister, Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard all lost their seats.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Kwasi Thompson, FNM Chairman Carl Bethel and former Blue Hills MP Sidney Collie also lost their seats.
Turnquest lost to the PLP’s Arnold Forbes last night. The now former minister won the seat in 2007 by 506 votes.
Bannister lost to the PLP’s Dr. Perry Gomez by 22 votes. In 2007, Bannister won his seat in Carmichael by 444 votes.
Neymour lost the Exuma and Ragged Island seat by 117 votes to the PLP’s Anthony Moss. Neymour won in South Beach in 2007 by 299 votes.
After returning to the Fort Charlotte constituency, Laing lost yesterday by 152 votes to the PLP’s Dr. Andre Rollins. Laing won in Marco City in 2007 by 47 votes.
Maynard lost his seat to the PLP’s Michael Halkitis by 408 votes. He beat Halkitis in 2007 by 62 votes.
Bethel lost to the PLP’s Hope Strachan by 193 votes. He won his seat in 2007 by 64 votes.
Thompson lost to the PLP’s Dr. Michael Darville by more than 800 votes. He won in 2007 by 220 votes.
Collie lost in MICAL to the PLP’s V. Alfred Gray by 24 votes. Collie won Blue Hills in 2007 by 47 votes.
Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney lost his seat after a hard fought battle in Bamboo Town as well. He was first elected as a Free National Movement (FNM) candidate in 2007. McCartney defeated then independent candidate Tennyson Wells by 403 votes.
He vowed last night to keep the DNA going, even after a crushing defeat.
McCartney lost to the PLP’s Renward Wells yesterday by 917 votes.
The PLP’s Frank Smith also lost his seat in Montagu to the FNM’s Richard Lightbourne.
Smith won his St. Thomas More seat in 2007 by 233 votes. However, with the boundary cuts, Smith was placed in Montagu and lost to the FNM’s candidate by 222 votes.