“I promise you that I will not fail you. I will give you the representation you deserve.”
With these words, Barbados Labour Party candidate for St. Michael West, Christopher Gibbs, tonight formally introduced himself to constituents as the party ramped up its campaign to retain the Government in the January 19 general elections.
After being introduced to the audience by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, Gibbs, a first-time candidate who declared his interest in representing the constituency nearly four years ago, criticised outgoing Member of Parliament Bishop Joseph Atherley for abandoning those who had elected him.
Gibbs recalled that as a Christ Church resident before the last general elections, he would often drive along the south coast with his now-deceased father, Loron Gibbs, and lament the “fountains of sewage” that they would try unsuccessfully to dodge.
The young businessman recalled too, how he and his father often worried about their inability to obtain foreign exchange to sustain their business, terming it “a man-made disaster” that was created by then Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and his Democratic Labour Party administration.
“You ask why I got involved in politics? That’s why I am here tonight,” Gibbs told his audience.
He promised the people of St. Michael West genuine and faithful service, noting that he could offer nothing less, having grown up in a household that was committed to helping others.
He spoke of the founder of the business he now leads, his grandfather, the late Sam Gibbs, who though he was born poor, never received a formal education and walked the streets of the City without shoes, still managed to create a lasting legacy.
Gibbs promised to use every opportunity to promote education among constituents, especially the youth, as a pathway out of poverty.
“I hope I can encourage them to build, to make something of themselves, regardless of the struggles they face today,” he told a national online audience as well as residents of St. Michael West who were watching the presentation on large screens at Richmond Gap and Passage Road.
The young political hopeful promised he would work to rebuild the trust so many in the constituency had lost as a result of the lack of representation by Atherley since the 2018 general elections, compounded by his decision this week to switch constituencies without consulting them.
“I am here to regain the trust he has eroded,” Gibbs declared, stressing that he is committed to maintaining the standards establish by the party’s former stalwarts such as Sir Grantley Adams, Tom Adams and Sir Harold St John.