There seems to be evidence that Mr Terry Lister has – or is about to – resign from the PLP.
At the time of my writing this I cannot confirm whether this is true or false. There does, however, seem to be enough evidence in this case for me to assume the rumour is legitimate and I expect it to be confirmed imminently.
Whether or not it is true does not necessarily matter as regards my central argument here.
And that central argument is this:
Any MP who changes his status in the House of Assembly (from Party to Independent or another Party) should contest a by-election within six months of this changed status.
This is not a ‘new’ position of mine. I called for the MPs who broke away from the UBP to form the BDA to also contest by-elections. And I called on Mr Wayne Furbert, who went from UBP to Independent to PLP to do the same. I even called on the MPs who changed from BDA and UBP to OBA to contest such by-elections.
In the 2012 General Election, where I ran as an Independent, I had a full election platform which, besides other positions, included this. In it I wrote:
“…any MP defecting from one Party to another (or to the position of an Independent) to contest a by-election six months after their defection, with the subsequent winner to serve the remainder of the fixed parliamentary tenure.”
While this may not be constitutionally necessary right now (but I hope it will be in the future) I call on Mr Terry Lister to do the ethical thing and contest a by-election within six months of his official resignation from the PLP (if he is indeed doing so).
He owes it to his constituents to get their affirmation for such a move. He was elected as a PLP MP, and to change his status now constitutes being elected under false pretences.