Joan Underwood may not run as UPP candidate


The female politician seen as a strong contender against Charles Max Fernandez in St. John’s Rural South Constituency may not run, United Progressive Party leader Harold Lovell has said.

He told a radio interview moments ago that the absence of Joan Underwood “has obviously created a problem and it’s a serious problem for us.”

Lovell revealed that Underwood recently received an assignment with the Inter-American Development Bank which will see her working away for the next six months.

The UPP leader said while the party is happy for Underwood, “we’ve had to look at that to see whether or not this would jeopardise her ability to run as a candidate.”

In November 2016, Underwood was named as a caretaker and started her campaign by declaring that Fernandez, the current MP, was not fit for the job.

Lovell told Observer Radio that no final decision had been taken with regards to the candidacy of Underwood and D. Gisele Isaac, the current party chairman.

“I can assure you whether it is Joan or someone else we will have a very good candidate for Rural North.”

He said when the full slate of candidates is revealed: “It is one we believe the people of Antigua & Barbuda will have confidence in.”

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  1. If she has already decided to run for politics, why then would she accepted an assignment with the Inter-American Development Bank? Something don’t sound right here.

    • Bcuz she is well aware of the fact that UPP is already dead in the water under King Lyad’s leadership

  2. And while she waits on elections who feeds her, thin air? Running for election means you should not work?

  3. Joan, I respect you as a candidate, and I am sure you would have made more positive contribution.

    But, frankly, this is quite probably a blessing in disguise for you. Spirit is disentangling you from any deeper association with these folks.

    Best wishes on your new post, Patriot!

  4. Things aren’t looking up for the party under Harolds “leadership” at all. Who nar jump ship, stepping off the ship. Ever since Joanne was badplayed in the runoff for the party leadership, things seem to have taken a turn for the wussarah. And the candidates unveiled so far, leave much to be desired. Something different has got to happen or Lovell will remain in opposition as long as he is the party leader

  5. Well it’s clear to see where her priorities and loyalty lies. Either she really has no faith in the UPP (leadership) and was going along for the ride for the sake of appearances or her career is more important than being a patriot.

  6. nothing is wrong with harold lovell he is a good leader people just want to have old way in the party and he,s not having it

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