By Kenneth Williams
Mark Brantley was on Wednesday October 24, 2007 sworn in as the newest member of the St. Kitts-Nevis National Assembly.
Brantley won the August 20 by-election to fill the Nevis 9 seat left vacant by the sudden death of Malcolm Guishard.
In contesting the seat for the opposition Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) Brantley beat NRP’s Hensley Daniel in the August 20, 2007 contest.
About 80 supporters from Nevis took the boat to St. Kitts to witness Brantley taking the oath in Parliament.
Speaking on the appointment Brantley thanked his supporters but singled out his mother Vicki and wife Sharon, both of whom were sitting in the upper section of Parliament. He however regretted that his father was not present having died earlier this year.
“I have my mother, my uncle, the entire executive of the CCM here with me today as well as many Nevisians who came to witness this occasion,” Brantley said.
He continued, “While walking to Parliament this morning, I heard a child tell his mother: ‘Mama the Nevisians are coming’. Well I am here to say the Nevisians are here and we mean business.”
Mr. Brantley told Parliament that he came from the humblest of beginnings and “knows what it’s like to be poor”.
Speaking of one of the bills which received its first reading, the amendment to the section ordinance Brantley told the House that it is okay to amend laws or even to make new laws but as long as these are people working the system that corrupt it the system would not work well. It is those persons that seek to corrupt the system that must be dealt with otherwise the system would not be any better.
Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Denzil Douglas moved a resolution at Wednesday’s sitting appointing Brantley to the Public Accounts Committee and appointed him the committee’s chairman.
Brantley has also been supported by the leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement Mr. Vance Amory for the appointment as Leader of the Opposition.