Roy is new PPM leader, Joey new deputy

| 13/03/2021 | 21 Comments
Cayman News Service
PPM Leader McTaggart (right) and Deputy Leader Hew

(Press release): At the Progressives Party Conference held on Friday, 12 March, at the Kimpton Seafire, the new leader and chairman were elected and Progressive candidates ratified. Roy McTaggart was unanimously voted in as the new leader of the party. He takes over the reins from outgoing leader Alden McLaughlin, who has led the party since February 2011.

Speaking after the event, McTaggart said, “I am delighted this evening to be elected as the new leader of the Progressives party. I want to thank everyone who came out to the Conference to take part in the democratic process and to confirm my appointment as the new leader. In accepting this role, I recognise that I stand on the shoulders of two of the giants in Cayman politics, Kurt Tibbetts and Alden McLaughlin, who are the former political leaders of this great party.

“In taking up the mantle of leadership, I assure everyone that I am more than up to the task of leading this party and, together with our Alliance partners, look forward to forming the new government if the Progressives-led Alliance is successful at the General Election on the 14th April.”

McTaggart thanked his predecessor, saying, “I thank Alden McLaughlin for his leadership, his hard work and commitment, it has been a privilege to serve as minister of finance and economic development alongside him. He has left some big shoes to fill but I know I can rely on his support and experience.” 

In his acceptance speech, McTaggart announced that Joey Hew would take over as deputy leader of the Progressives from Moses Kirkconnell.

Thanking McTaggart, Hew added, “It is an honour to have been elected as the deputy leader of the Progressives. Over the next four years, I look forward to building an even stronger organisation by increasing membership with a focus on our younger generation.”

The membership also elected their new chairman, and outgoing Chairman Antony Duckworth stated, “Though I’m now stepping down as chairman, I still have great confidence in the Progressives team and its supporters. I’m handing over the chairman’s role to some very experienced, capable hands.”

The new elected chairman of the Progressives is Alden McLaughlin. McLaughlin is a founding member of the Progressives and served as general secretary from 2002 to 2006, taking up the leadership role in 2011.

McLaughlin said, “I’m delighted to take on the role of chairman of the Progressives and I thank Antony Duckworth for his stellar service as chairman. The Progressives have a strong, inclusive membership and my goal is to continue to build on this strong foundation.”

The present Executive and General Council members of the party were renewed for a further six months.

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  1. P says:

    Voted independent twice and both ended up in the government. They only claim to be independent so they can choose a winning side later.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Alva Suckoo keeps changing sides – he joins which ever side that he thinks will get him re-elected. Sure won’t be getting my vote this election!

  3. Excellence says:

    “Every law is illegal. Every government upon the face of this earth today is illegal.”
    Robert Nesta Marley

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cayman does not have political parties because there is no competing ideologies, eg, left wing versus right wing, behind politics here. The “party” idea was dreamed up by Mckeeva simply to get a bunch of people together to get rid of Kurt and Edna back in the day. Linford saw his chance to become Speaker at a huge salary and prestige( massively important for him) and Gilbert could at last become a Minister after promising many years before to his fellow civil servants he would become “ the first prime minister”. And of course dear old Dr Frank could become “Dr the Honourable “ when he took over from Edna.
    Btw, that’s why Mckeeva did not want Ezzard’s trashing of Linford’s disgraceful performance at PAC to be put into the official record. He owed Linford a favor.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Good Lord, I didn’t know Anton was still pulling the strings in the background.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sweet Jesus please save Cayman from this madness vote ppm out

  7. Nostradamus says:

    Roy McTaggart will win his seat

    Joey Hew will not win his seat

    Alden McLaughlin will not win his seat

    PPM will crumble

    Roy will be forced to join the coalition and get a Cabinet seat

  8. Anonymous says:

    Alden will be pulling the strings as party Chairman and controlling Roy all the way. Red Bay needs to vote Alden out for Love of Country

  9. Anonymous says:

    That photo of Dumb and Dumber spells doom for the so called Progressives.

  10. Elites at Al Thompson compound says:

    12 stooges and they left out Roper running for the constituency of Government house! Cayman vote all of them out for the love of this Country ppm quote !

  11. ppm Distress Signal says:

    Roy is a spineless puppet for Alden
    Joey is a bent incompetent puppet for Dart

    Behold the end of the ppm

  12. Anonymous says:

    What a sorry bunch.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Oh God help us!

    We can do better than this. We have to do better than this.

    No more PPM or UDP!

    Cayman look on that platform, will be recycling these failed politicians again? Will we continue to let them throw a few crumbs at us for our vote so that they are able to continue to get their big fat salaries.. Our vote is worth a lot more than that..

    • Anonymous says:

      How can we do better than this, 4:24? Have you seen the caliber of candidates across the board? Same old same old. In the old days we had bus drivers and “broomsticks” warming the seats of the LA with hardly a brain amongst them. We are not really that much better off today. Bernie? Eugene? Dwayne? David? Mcleary? Austin? Mckeeva? Barbara? Heather? St Julianna?

    • Anonymous says:

      4:24 Your BIG PROBLEM will be to ORGANIZE their PEPLACEMENTS!

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s actually their “problem”. You see, they’re supposed to work for us. But the current Alden/McKeeva government doesn’t get that.

        • Anonymous says:

          They get it, they just don’t want to because working for us means their pockets won’t be lined by developers. Vote out PPM if you are not happy, how could it be any worse with some different new faces. Surely a new education minister who actually did something other than buy the teachers votes with a raise, our children are not even safe and she can’t even comment. Who can afford health insurance what a mess, our elderly and sick children are suffering, to have to go to charity is disgusting in a country with such a surplus, vote out Dwayne. The money they spent on alden’s fence could pay for extra tuition for a struggling child. That’s our money they are using, who Alden protecting himself from with that fence, the chickens? Vote out Alden. Vote independent ( not ppm alliance independents) any independents that are working with ppm will have to tow party lines and be silenced by Alden as soon as the gov is formed. They will have no say, may as well be on opposition and be able to argue than stuck like a sheep selling the country and your voters out.


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