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Late on Saturday 7 January a letter purportedly signed by Loretta Butler Turner, the Leader of the Opposition, conceded her fate as determined by the FNM.  It now appears that she is no longer officially an FNM.

 The letter follows:

Dear Executive Members,

The actions undertaken by yourselves and the Council, combined with the public pronouncements by the leadership of the Party clearly demonstrate  your intent to sever my legal affiliation with the FNM;  The Party that l voluntarily supported and joined over 30 years ago.

Be assured that l do not enjoy, neither do l embrace this posture, but l will not pursue or fight the illegitimacy of this premise, as I have previously stated in my response letter to the Secretary General on December 15th, 2016.

The ideals and philosophy of the FNM’s existence are aligned with my personal convictions…..Democracy, Accountability, Fairness and Transparency.  l unreservedly espouse these tenets of my Party. For these reasons, despite the divergent path we now face, l accept your majority will without opposition.

I sincerely, thank you all for your past support and comradery. The battles and causes we have fought together will always be held proudly in my heart.

May God Bless You All.

Loretta Butler-Turner, M.P.