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November 07
07:36 2018
THE REPORTER: News Staff, -

Philip Willoughby is the new United Democratic Party standard bearer for the Port Loyola constituency, following a decisive victory at the November 3 convention.

Some 2093 people voted at the convention, held at the St. John Vianney Primary School compound. Willoughby went up against underdogs Ac. Castillo and Dean Samuels, as well as current Attorney-General Michael Peyrefitte who had the support of Area Representative Anthony ‘Boots’ Martinez and also allegedly the Prime Minister. When the votes were tallied Castillo received 33 votes, Samuels received 144, Peyrefitte 847, and Willoughby got 1,034.

After his swearing in, Willoughby emphasized that his victory was actually a victory for the people of Port Loyola who made their voices heard. Willoughby, known for his anti-gang violence advocacy work through his One Struggle group, said that he will use his new platform to continue pushing an agenda that will see young men given opportunities to turn away from crime and violence.

He went on to say that the UDP needs to enter into a time of mending, with the focus of ensuring that the party is united and poised to secure a victory at the next general elections.

His biggest opponent, Michael Peyrefitte, congratulated Willoughby on the victory and said that while there were superior forces working to secure him a victory, his loss came at the hands of the people within his own camp.

“I honestly felt that they would vote for me. I was mistaken obviously, but I did, I felt good going into the count,” Peyrefitte said. “Obviously those people who had on my shirts – a majority of them did not vote for me.”
The next UDP convention will be held in the Freetown Constituency on Sunday, November 11.

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