by Larry Smith
I recently had a chance to talk with Phenton Neymour, a junior minister in the Ingraham Cabinet, who left the PLP to fight the 2002 general election as a young turk in the Coalition for Democratic Reform, which was led by Dr Bernard Nottage.
Neymour has an unusual political background. His father, Basil, was a close friend of Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield and helped to create the FNM in 1971. After offering as an FNM candidate in three general elections, the elder Neymour returned to the PLP following Whitfield's death in 1990.
At about the same time, Phenton returned from Syracuse University to join the Water & Sewerage Corporation as an engineer, where he became close to then Utilities Minister BJ Nottage.
"All of my ties were with the PLP in those days, and by 1995 I was being considered as a replacement for George Smith in Exuma, where my family is from," he recalled. "I was eventually selected as the PLP candidate for Salem, but that constituency was eliminated before the 1997 election."