Barbados Labour Party candidate for St. Michael North, Davidson Ishmael, tonight introduced himself to constituents with a promise of committed service and a programme of community projects to uplift the constituency.

He was speaking as the party launched its campaign for the January 19 general election with satellite screens in communities across the constituency and live streaming on all the popular social media platforms.

Ishmael, who was introduced by the man he is hoping to succeed, attorney-at-law Ronald Toppin, who represented the constituency in the House of Assembly for 27 unbroken years, promised that his focus, if elected, would be heavily on youth development.

He recalled the days when there was a vibrant sports programme in the Eden Lodge community, led by the Eden Stars club, and promised an approach that would revive that and spread it across the constituency.

His plans include:

—  A community centre at Reservoir Road;

—  A constituency-wide entrepreneurial and skills development programme focused on youth;

—  A revitalisation of play parks across the constituency;

—  The establishment of new creative and recreational spaces in the various communities; and,

—  An expansion of natural gas services to homes in St. Michael North.

“I am ecstatic to be a part of a progressive political institution,” he said of the Barbados Labour Party, while praising the leadership of Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.

He noted that the success of the BLP had been significant in just three and a half years, despite the challenges posed by a freak storm, Hurricane Elsa, ash fall from the eruption of the St. Vincent volcano and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The BLP Government, he said, was able to reverse the mismanagement of the previous Democratic Labour Party Government, eliminating sewage from the streets of the South Coast, the buildup of garbage around the country because of a lack of garbage trucks, and the absence of buses to meet the needs of the working class and school children.

“The BLP is a team you can trust,” Ishmael told constituents.

Earlier, Ishmael recalled how his passion for service to others was nurtured by his mother, a maid, and his father, a stevedore, in a humble home at 2G Nursery Lane, in Eden Lodge.

He described himself as a “down-to-earth, community-minded” person who remains committed to the principle of “service to others before self”.

Ishmael said he would remain focused on helping the young people of communities such as Cave Hill and Grazettes to always “believe that they can rise above their circumstances and do great things in this world”.

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