The Budget Reading at the House of Representatives concluded last night at around ten o’clock. The Parliamentarians looked at not only the proposed budget but also at several Bills and Papers taken before the House. Among the other matters was the No Confidence Motion Bill brought before the House by the People’s Unite Party who indicates that they have absolutely no confidence in the Prime Minister and his administration. The motion was debated and voted on into late last night where only 11 were in favor while 18 were against. The basis of the motion, according to the PUP, has to do with the recent ruling by the Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, regarding the monies spent from the Consolidated Fund without approval from the House. In addition, the PUP has also referenced the Lev Dermen and John Saldivar scandal as well as the state of the economy. Barrow responded to the motion last night, saying that the motion is absurd.
The failure of the motion comes as no surprise for the opposition as they would have needed support from the UDP side to get the motion passed.