The recent launch of the Progressives’ Alliance came with a surprises for those in attendance, as Alva Suckoo was welcomed back to the Party.
Premier, the Honourable Alden McLaughlin welcomed the newest member of the Alliance, who represents the District of Newlands and is running against former Progressive and Minister for the Environment Mr. Wayne Panton.
Referring to Mr. Suckoo, who was previously a Progressive, as the prodigal son, who had he returned home, Mr. McLaughlin urged other detractors from the party to return.
“Come home sinners, come home,” he remarked.
He said he was glad that the Member from Newlands had returned to the ranks of the party and acknowledged that they would work together to benefit the people of the Cayman Islands.
“Don’t be surprised if we announce a new member of the Alliance at every public meeting after this one,” he added.
Mr. Suckoo said he wanted to make a real difference for the people of his Constituency and explained that the best way to do this was to work together with the Government to make progress.
He added that before making his way to Saturday’s public meeting, he had sought the blessing of his Constituency and felt comfortable that he had their support to make the move.
The development comes on the heels of a press release that was disseminated on his behalf recently that denied he would be joining the Progressives, amid chatter in the community that the move was imminent.
He has served as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and was elected as the first representative for the constituency Newlands in May 2017. He maintained his independent status for the past four years while working as a Member of the Official Opposition.
Mr. Suckoo will be running for a third consecutive term.
As a Member of Parliament, Mr. Suckoo was also a member of the Governments’ negotiating team that travelled to London in 2019 to negotiate the recently implemented constitutional amendments, and recently negotiated amendments to the controversial Defense Bill, 2020; ensuring that the bill was passed with the support of the Opposition bench.