Kenneth Valley blanked
Sunday, September 30 2007

Eddie Hart, Ken Valley and Larry AchongDiego Martin Central Mp Ken Valley has been rejected as a candidate by the PNM Screening Committee.

Sources said Prime Minister Patrick Manning in his capacity as Political Leader met with the Screening Committee on Friday evening, shortly after naming the election date and recommended to the Screening Committee that the Diego Martin Central constituency executive be instructed to search for a new nominee(s), from which to select a candidate. The Screening Committee’s decision- that the search continue for nominees — has not yet been communicated to the Diego Martin Central constituency executive. The search for a new candidate therefore has not yet started 33 days before the General Election. However sources said Manning had a candidate already lined up. Sources added that it would not be Foreign Affairs Minister Arnold Piggott, but a political neophite.

During last Thursday’s screening session the constituency executive declared that it was happy with Valley, the only nominee. Sources said Manning asked the constituency executive whether they were comfortable with Valley and they said yes. He also asked whether they had any other candidate and they replied no. Valley, who is a Deputy Political Leader, Trade Minister and was Leader of Government Business found his quest for candidacy stymied when Manning asked him to consider other options at a Whitehall meeting.

Manning said he was raising this issue, in the light of Valley’s poor showing in a performance poll. Valley however refused to bow out as a candidate. His screening was later postponed by the Screening Committee and it was only after the Central Executive ruled that he be screened, that the session was held last Thursday. Valley declined comment yesterday.,65098.html

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5 thoughts on “Kenneth Valley blanked”

  1. Mystery man to replace Valley
    Housing Minister Dr Keith Rowley has come out against the dumping of Ken Valley and Fitzgerald Hinds as candidates, even as word surfaced that the PNM leadership has opted for a Trinidadian “mystery man” living in Barbados for Diego Martin Central; Corporate Communications Manager Esther Le Gendre for Tunapuna, and PR specialist Donna Cox for Laventille East/Morvant.

    Former Miss Universe tipped for Valley’s seat
    Former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam has been tipped as one of the prospective candidates to replace Diego Martin Central MP Ken Valley.

    Screening a sham, says Valley
    Trade and Industry Minister Kenneth Valley has described his screening as the unopposed nominee for Diego Martin Central by the ruling’s party’s screening committee last Thursday was “a sham.”
    “The screening was a sham and the question is whether my constituency does not have a legitimate right to have me as its candidate,” Valley said in an interview with the Express yesterday.

    Valley: It’s up to the Lord
    Diego Martin Central MP Kenneth Valley, responding to reports that he has been blanked by the People’s National Movement screening committee, says he will “let go and let God.”

  2. Hart, Achong OUT
    Eddie Hart and Larry Achong are no more, from a General Election point of view. But there is still hope for Fitzgerald Hinds. Yesterday, the Tunapuna constituency executive abandoned Hart, throwing its weight overwhelmingly behind well-known communications expert Esther Le Gendre.

    “We love Eddie but sometimes you have to go with your gut feeling,” secretary of the constituency I-Luko Tafari said, in explaining the change of heart. The decision however was loudly condemned by Hart’s supporters who gathered outside Balisier House and who chased and booed Le Gendre as she left the courtyard after being screened.

  3. Screening committiee didnt do proper back ground check on Dr. Amery Browne. Being the great doctor he is, he performed the abortion of the unborn child of his own girlfriend about 7 years ago. Imagine this man killed his own child!!! What kind of animal performs such act on thier unborn child. But ironic as it is, he said that he has just killed the future Prime Minister of Trinidad.

    The woman is now living her life in Guadeloupe. I will not disclose her name, she had been through enough.

    So is this the man you want to replace Mr. Valley?

  4. PNM dismisses Valley claims
    Trade and Industry Minister Kenneth Valley never had any conversation with Prime Minister Patrick Manning about the establishment of an executive president for Trinidad and Tobago, the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) said yesterday.

    Valley has been reported as saying that he was concerned the party’s political leader and Prime Minister may have dictatorial tendencies with regard to any establishment of an executive president if the party wins a special majority in the Parliament.

  5. This Government seems to be focused on the little issues with Carlos John and Oma, what about the $1.3 Billion spent in the National Road Enhancement Programme and the use of The then T.I.D.C.O. to florish such unjust. As was reported in the News Day article labbled $52M dollar man. Under Carlos John’ s tenure.

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