Since the September 7 elections, which narrowly returned the incumbent Phillips, in public, the PNP appears to be healing, but sources say privately it’s another matter.
At a press conference at the party’s Old Hope Road headquarters last week, General Secretary Julian Robinson said the party was taking real steps to heal from the leadership challenge and Bunting would be allowed to address the conference. The decision was in keeping with the healing process, Robinson told journalists, and it was a process that has started well.
However, sources say Bunting was “told that he could speak for three to five minutes, and it must be before the party leader arrives”.
Traditionally, at the public session of the party’s conferences, officers and representatives of affiliate groups as well as selected personnel customarily address the conference.
According to the source, “Talks of them sharing the stage is a lie from the pit of hell.
“The announcement that Bunting would address the conference was a real attempt at healing. More importantly, nearly 50 per cent of the people there want to hear what Bunting has to say. What he has been ‘told’ to do is a three- to five- minute speech,” argued the highly placed party source.
It is unclear if Bunting would speak today.