MPs’ pledge to the people
Several of the Progressive Labour Party’s newest MPs say their focus will be on fulfilling the work of the people when Parliament resumes this week.
Christopher Famous, Tinee Furbert and Renée Ming are among the new party MPs that will sit when the House of Assembly resumes tomorrow.
Mr Famous captured Devonshire East from former finance minister Bob Richards 513 to 419. In St George’s South, Ms Furbert beat Suzann Roberts-Holshouser 652 to 429, while former senator Ms Ming defeated Kenneth Bascome 590 to 365 for St George’s North.
Sitting down with The Royal Gazette this week, the three said their responsibility was to represent those who had put them in power.
“At the end of the day, we were voted in to do the people’s work, and so that’s what I look forward to doing,” Ms Ming said.
Mr Famous echoed: “Work in the House is a part of it, but there’s a lot of work outside of the House, when we’re out actually in the community doing work.
“That’s what I’m more looking forward to — actually being in the community with the people.”
Ms Furbert said she was most looking forward to the “fellowship of the community” when the House resumed and what the Government would present in the Throne Speech.
“It’s an exciting time, I think, for all of us,” she said.
Ms Furbert pointed to legislation for persons with disabilities and the updating of the Mental Health Act as her top priorities.
She also discussed the need for road traffic legislation pertaining to disabled parking spots around the island.
Ms Ming said her focus was in St George’s, and specifically legislation related to the marina.
“It’s something we’ve talked about since 2010, and we’d really like to see it happen,” she said.
The updating of the Employment Act was also important, Ms Ming added.
Mr Famous identified electoral reform — specifically to allow persons with mobility issues the ability to vote from home, and the examination of the possibility to allow persons on parole to vote — as priorities.
“That’s one of the committees that I’ve asked the Premier to put me on,” Mr Famous said.
He also said he was interested in getting more Bermudians interested in technical education, and projects to help keep the island’s roadways clear. All three MPs agreed that their availability to constituents was important.
“People in our community are saying it’s great to know someone in the House,” Ms Furbert said.
“I think that’s very important to our community in making sure that we remain approachable and accessible as well.”
Ms Ming echoed: “We are no different from the people we represent. At the end of the day, we’re all just the same.”
“We’re the same people that we were on July 17 that we are on July 19 going forward,” Mr Famous said. “We just have more responsibility and more ability to help others.”
As for their political aspirations, the focus, for now, appears to be on the job in front of them.
“To say I want to be Premier or I want to be a Minister per se, today, that’s not my ambition or my goal,” Ms Furbert said.
“My goal right now is to serve the community in whatever capacity I can as an MP, so that I can learn a little bit more.”
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