With Opposition Member of Parliament, Nicolette Henry submitting her letter of resignation as an MP to the party’s list leader, David Granger, the former PNC Leader has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Clerk about the decision.
The People’s National Congress Reform has already written to the former party leader informing him of the party’s decision to have its current leader, Aubrey Norton take up Henry’s seat in the National Assembly and eventually move up to the position of Leader of the Opposition.
Granger has indicated to close associates that he intends to fulfill the party’s request and honor its decision to have Norton go to Parliament, replacing Nicolette Henry.
However, Norton will have to wait until Henry’s resignation takes effect at the end of March 2022.
Some party officials believe Ms. Henry’s resignation should have taken immediate effect since they see it as slowing down the process for a new MP and the election of the new Opposition Leader.
But MP Henry has made it clear to associates that her decision to step down was her own and she was very clear from the onset about her resignation timeline.
She has informed her fellow Members of Parliament about her decision and has offered the coalition’s parliamentary representatives best wishes as they move forward.
In a note to the party’s Members of Parliament, Henry also raised concern about attempt last week to prevent her from contributing to the budget debate.
The Speaker was forced to apologise to the Assembly after he first informed the Assembly that Henry was not going to be contributing to the debate when that was not the case. The Speaker was informed about that issue by the party’s Chief Whip Christopher Jones.
The outgoing MP was allowed to deliver her budget presentation and bid farewell to the Assembly.
PNC Leader Aubrey Norton has been following the process and preparing for his entry into the National Assembly.