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Former Opposition senator Pennelope ...
Former Opposition senator Pennelope Beckles-Robinson lamented on Wednesday night it has been a difficult time for her.
The findings of the poll conducted ...
The findings of the poll conducted by Solution by Simulation that former senator Pennelope Beckles-Robinson would win wider national support in a general election hinges on an alliance with or support from the Independent Liberal Party (ILP).
The November poll gave Beckles-Robinson
a three-per cent advantage over Opposition Leader Rowley in a general election.
When asked who they preferred to win, Rowley scored 38 per cent over Beckles-Robinson's
29 per cent.
In response, Beckles-Robinson ...
In response, Beckles-Robinson did not confirm or deny she had queried Rowley's source of funding for the campaign but would only say, "I await the report and will then make my comments.
I know what I know but I will make my comments when I get the report."
With just one week to go before the election, Beckles-Robinson
, 53, told Sunday Newsday on Friday that her
campaign has not been costly simply because she
did not have the funds.
"My campaign has not been high-profile because I do not have the funds," she
said in a wide-ranging interview at her
law office, Uptown Mall, upper Edward Street, Port-of-Spain.
campaign has been funded largely from contributions from businessmen, members of the legal fraternity and even some of her
own family members.
"There are just people who support me," she
Due to its costly nature, Beckles-Robinson
admitted that she
was only able to afford the broadcast for three live meetings during her
campaign, the most recent being at the Mickey Trotman Recreation Ground in Pinto Road, Arima, last Friday night.
"My focus has really been on the ground," she
said, adding that candidates on her
Team Penny slate have even opted to do their own advertising to keep overall costs to a minimum.
downplayed recent polls which put Rowley as the frontrunner in the election race, Beckles-Robinson
said while she
is not overly concerned, such surveys "do offer an indication (of an outcome) and are not to be taken lightly."
queried the methods that were employed in the survey, noting that it was mainly PNM members and UNC supporters who were sampled as opposed to the PNM's rank and file.
noted, however, that the surveys still favoured her
to take the PNM
into next year's general election.
"I am still the person with the cross-over appeal," Beckles-Robinson
Win or lose in the election, Beckles-Robinson
is pleased about the manner in which she
had conducted her
"I have been enjoying it, meeting the people on the ground and listening to their concerns," she
Having contested five major elections during her
24 years in the party, she
admitted that the campaign was also challenging at times.
"It is a lot of hard work and it takes a lot out of you," Beckles-Robinson said, adding that she is still to get a comprehensive list of possible voters from the PNM's elections supervisory committee - an issue that has been on the front burner of her campaign within recent weeks.
Beckles-Robinson, who held several ministerial positions in the Manning administration, says she will not fade into oblivion should she lose the election.
"I have all intention to remain committed to assist the party in returning to government come 2015," she
The outgoing lady vice-chairman of the PNM, Beckles-Robinson said she is aware that she may face some form of ostracism within the PNM in the aftermath of the eagerly-anticipated poll but insists that such scenarios are part and parcel of politics.
Beckles-Robinson also recalled that late President and Prime Minister Arthur NR Robinson and Queen's Counsel, Karl Hudson Phillips, who were once part of the PNM, had also left the party's fold for various reasons.
Campaign huddle: Pennelope ...
Campaign huddle: Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, right, candidate for the post of political leader in the upcoming People's National Movement (PNM) internal elections, speaks to members of her campaign team during a cottage meeting at Radix Beach Resort at Church Road, Mayaro, on Tuesday night.
speaks out on party reaction to her
challenge for leadership:
On Tuesday, Beckles-Robinson
said many party members had an issue with her contesting against Rowley and were mistaking her meekness for weakness.
was speaking at a cottage meeting at Radix Beach Resort in Mayaro.
She said: "I have been a member of the PNM for 22 years.
The minute I indicated I would consider running for the post of political leader, all hell seemed to be broken loose.
The fact is, I was good enough all the time, until I made the statement.
Having made that statement, all of a sudden you are hearing all sorts of things."
, who listed her
achievements, said: "Those who questioned my loyalties need to look at my track record."
"I want to make it abundantly clear that there are some who are saying this is the wrong time.
What is a good time?
After many years of being a part of the PNM
said: "I am ready to be leader of the PNM
The main reason why she
decided to run the race for leadership was because people made a " resounding call" for her
to contest the party's first election of a leader using the one-man-one-vote system.
is Rowley's only challenger.
greatest inspiration came from former prime minister and founder of the PNM Dr Eric Williams
One of the problems faced by PNM members was that they did not know the history of their party and the contribution it made to Trinidad and Tobago
said: "If they want to challenge my leadership at any point in time, follow the history of the PNM
chose Mayaro to have her
first of a series of meetings because Williams inspired her
to run for leadership.
It was on the beach in Mayaro that the nation's first Cabinet meeting was held in 1956 under Williams, who was then Chief Minister.
said: "We are making history.
This is where I begin my campaign for leadership of the PNM
The issue of gender has been raised as a campaign issue, but Beckles-Robinson said it was the "women who work night and day to put the PNM in office".
"People are extremely angry and aggressive.
We don't know how to talk to each other and people mistake quietness sand gentleness for weakness," Beckles-Robinson
encouraged all citizens to be more productive and "burn the midnight oil" if they wanted to see changes in the country.
listened to the pleas of constituents, who complained about infrastructure and transportation, and said she
will do everything she
can to assist.
Rowley's leadership is being contested ...
Rowley's leadership is being contested by attorney and former PNM cabinet minister Pennelope Beckles-Robinson.