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Tourism Minister hits out at Premier as he resigns

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 3:00 AM

HAMILTON (CMC):

Shawn Crockwell has launched a stinging attack on Premier Michael Dunkley after resigning as Bermuda's tourism and transport minister.

Crockwell quit late Wednesday, saying he had lost confidence in the ruling One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) under Dunkley's leadership.

He said their lack of understanding of the black community had resulted in the tense demonstrations and industrial activity of the past week over the proposed Pathways to Status initiative.

Demonstrators want the immigration bill withdrawn and the protest went into a fifth day yesterday.

Crockwell, a lawyer, who said he would stay on as a backbencher, further accused Dunkley of failing to rise above political posturing.

Dunkley said he had accepted Crockwell's resignation "with regret".

The premier added: "I am disappointed with this development, as Shawn was an effective minister who progressed the government's agenda to restore workplace jobs and opportunity for Bermudans across the island."

Other OBA Members of Parliament, meanwhile, pledged their support for Dunkley.

A statement from party chairwoman Lynne Woolridge said: "At a meeting of One Bermuda Alliance parliamentarians Wednesday afternoon, Minister Crockwell announced his resignation from the Cabinet. I would like to thank him for his excellent work in Tourism and Transport, and value his continued participation as a member of parliament for the One Bermuda Alliance.