Well, I just received a text message saying that Senator Marc Bean will be contesting the by-election caused by the resignation of MP Jon Brunson of the UBP. I checked the RG’s site but there wasn’t any confirmation of this news at that time. Hopefully it’ll show up soon. But the text comes to me from a trusted friend and PLPer, with the news that I can go public with it.
I’m not surprised that Marc has been chosen to contest this by-election. After all, he did campaign against Mr. Brunson in the 2007 election, and from what I recall he did very well, losing by only about 140 votes which is pretty respectable.
I get the impression that UBPers are pretty fed up with the irrelevancy of their Party, and I really wouldn’t be surprised if many of them don’t bother coming out to vote. Factor in to this that the PLP will no doubt put all its resources into capturing this seat, and that Marc now has the added benefit of having served in the Senate, and I think he’ll win the seat easily.
If the UBP are able to suddenly shake off their current stupor and energise their base, or at least enough popular support to block an increased PLP mandate, then perhaps they will have a chance to hold this seat.
I wish Marc well. Good luck!