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Rowley met with Beckles-Robinson on Monday
afternoon at Balisier House, where he told her of
the move to revoke her appointment.
Hinds spoke with reporters about his removal
before the sitting yesterday. He said he was not
surprised, having spoken about it with the leadership
of the party previously.
Hinds said the move was "not a bad thing and
I agreed with my leader."
He also said it was part of keeping "an eye on
the future blood, new persons, and it is with great
enthusiasm and pleasure that I would be willing
and quite happy to give way to new blood as we
prepare for government in 2015."
Hinds also hinted at a new role in the party. He
did not elaborate, but said the leadership has
"assigned some party responsibilities to me, which
I take with great enthusiasm."
Beckles-Robinson was seen chatting with many
government senators before the start of yesterday s
Beckles-Robinson, who once fell from grace with
former PNM leader Patrick Manning, has also had
issues with Rowley, a source said yesterday.
In a farewell statement in the Senate yesterday,
Beckles-Robinson said she was thankful to the Gov-
ernment, Opposition Leader and the staff of the
Senate for making her stay one which she "thor-
"As leader of Opposition Business in the Senate,
I am quite satisfied that I have done my best and
I will continue to do my best in the interest of my
party, the People s National Movement," she said
in her last appearance in the Senate chamber.
PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi also hinted that Rowley s
move was a strategic one with focus on 2015 yes-
"The PNM s position is very simple. We want to
win the next election, 2015 is upon us," he told
reporters in the Senate.
Maintaining the move was not to stifle anyone s
ambition to the office of political leader, in reference
to Beckles-Robinson s aspirations to the party lead-
ership, Al-Rawi said, "It is to encourage growth in
the PNM. It is to say that we have talent, we have
people who are already ripe to face the electorate
and I think that Senator Hinds fits that bill so to
does Senator Beckles." (With reporting by Geisha
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
TV6 drops anchor
for 03rd DECEMBER, 2013
Newly-appointed People s National
Movement (PNM) senator Diane Baldeo-
Chadeesingh was dismissed yesterday as
the TV6 weekend anchor with immediate
The deputy head of news at the station,
Sharon Hamilton, in a telephone interview,
confirmed her dismissal.
"She was dismissed because there is a
conflict of interest," Hamilton said yester-
Hamilton said for one thing, the station
was not aware that its weekend anchor
was in talks with the Opposition party.
"The station was not aware at all of any
political plans," she said.
Hamilton said the station only found
out when PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley
issued a media statement naming Baldeo-
Chadeesingh one of three new senators.
But Baldeo-Chadeesingh, in a subsequent
interview, said there was nothing sinister
in her failure to communicate her move to
She said as a freelance news anchor, she
worked primarily through head of news
"But he was on vacation and I wanted
him to be the first to know," Baldeo-
"Someone who is there in his absence
took it upon themselves to get back to me
before I could get to them."
While she admitted she had been in
talks with the PNM for some time, she
said she did not have any political aspi-
rations until recently.
"I got tired of only reading what people
were saying, especially when I know I have
a contribution that I could make," she said.
She said she was driven to enter politics
because of the current "state of affairs."
Baldeo-Chadeesingh, who also owns a
training company and is a protocol con-
sultant, said there was no bad blood
between herself and TV6 after the move.
"I build bridges, I don t burn them," she
She joins Avinash Singh, who contested
and lost the July 29 Chaguanas by-election
against Independent Liberal Party leader
Jack Warner, and long-time PNM member
Camille Robinson-Regis in the Senate. The
three will replace outgoing senators Pene-
lope Beckles-Robinson, Fitzgerald Hinds
and MP for St Joseph Terrence Deyalsingh.
Rowley made the official announcement
yesterday, just two days after a T&T
Guardian exclusive broke the news that
party stalwart Beckles would be replaced
in the Senate.
Singh did not respond to calls but posted
a statement on the social networking site
Facebook thanking Rowley for the "oppor-
tunity to serve in the capacity."
"His record continues to be proven and
his leadership credible. This opportunity
reaffirms his commitment to young people
and it will give a voice to thousands of cit-
izens and in particular farmers, especially
in central Trinidad, who now have repre-
sentation in the Upper House of our Par-
liament," he wrote.
Robinson-Regis initially said she could
not speak and asked to be called back with-
in an hour and a half when contacted yes-
terday, but did not answer or return later
...Senate job a conflict of interest, says station
People's National Movement (PNM) senator Fitzgerald Hinds points towards the Government bench while leader of of Opposition
Business in the Senate Pennelope Beckles-Robinson looks on, during debate at yesterday's sitting. This marked the last hurrah for both
senators, as their terms ended last night. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Hinds has new
role in party
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