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Farewell remarks intended to be delivered today in the HOA by N. Abaco MP Hubert A. Ingraham (Pdf)
By Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham MP for North Abaco
Jul 25, 2012 - 9:45:07 PM
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On Thursday past I submitted my letter of resignation as a Member of the Honourable House of Assembly to the Speaker of the House of Assembly to take effect on the 31 August of this year. This will bring to a close 35 years of public life during which I strove to be an agent for change for better for all our citizens.
It has been a long journey; one filled not only with the highs of victory and accomplishment but also with the lows of defeat, dismissal from Cabinet in 1984, and recent defeat at the polls for the party I led. In office, I always did my best. And I worked tirelessly.
I was truly a political nobody when, at the age of 25, I was selected by the then Leader of the governing party to manage the re-election campaign of my predecessor as the Member of Parliament for Coopers Town.
Then at 28, I was elected National Chairman of the governing party. The next year, in 1977 at 29, I was elected the Member of Parliament for the constituency I now represent.
Of the 15 individuals elected to the House of Assembly for the first time that year, only I and the Member for Centreville remain in this place.
We do not have a long list of resignations – only six since 1976. Two of these were former Heads of Government, Sir Roland Symonette and the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling; two went on to become...
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