Opposition Forms New Anguilla Government by LK Hewlett
Incumbent AUM fails to capture a single seat The former opposition alliance party Anguilla United Front (AUF) forms the new government of Anguilla after pulling off a near clean sweep of the general elections held Wednesday (Apr 22). The Anguilla United Movement (AUM), which won 5 seats to control the Legislative Council in 2010, was unable to win a single seat. AUM was led by Dr. Ellis Lorenzo Webster, who took over leadership from former Chief Minister Hubert Hughes. Anguilla, a British overseas territory with a population of around 16, 000, saw a high voter turnout in all but one of its 7 polling districts. The AUF, led by Victor Banks, won 6 seats with the 7th going to independent candidate Pamovan Webster. She defeated the AUM leader and AUF’s Othlyn Vanterpool in District 1. Cora Richardson-Hodge (AUF) defeated AUM’s Jerome Roberts in District 2; Evans McNeil Rogers (AUF) beat Elkin Richardson (AUM) and Sutcliffe Hodge (DOVE) in District 3; Bank’s trounced AUM’s Evans Gumbs and George Leonard Kentish (DOVE) in District 4; in District 5 Evalie Bradley (AUF) defeated Patrick Hanley (AUM); Curtis Richardson (AUF) beat three other candidates in District 6- Haydn Hughes (AUM), H. Clifton Niles (DOVE), and Statchel Warner (Independent); District 7 was won by Cardigan Connor (AUF) over Kristy Richardson-Harrigan (AUM). Banks and the AUF had campaigned on promises to secure investment for two marinas, expand the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport, building new terminal facilities at Blowing Point, along with road construction and social development projects.