Ian Jones is scheduled to be endorsed as the UDP standard bearer for the Collet Division
BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 31, 2022
The UDP will be reportedly holding an endorsement convention for Ian Jones, whose application to serve as the party’s standard bearer for the Collet constituency was approved by the UDP Nominations Committee on Friday, October 21. This decision effectively ousts 5-time elected Collet area representative, Patrick Faber, from his position as the UDP standard bearer for the division in which he has been elected as area representative five times. His application to once again represent the party was purportedly rejected by the Nominations Committee for his non-compliance with the directive of the National Party Council that he remove social media posts deemed critical of the party.
Those posts were removed a little over a week ago, but the letter approving Jones’ application and informing him of an endorsement convention to be held on his behalf was sent before Faber’s public announcement of his removal of the social media posts. While Faber claims that they were removed in late September, his public announcement and public apology took place almost a month after.
Ian Jones, a long-time supporter of Faber and former Director of the National Sports Council under Faber’s Ministry of Sports, will now be the UDP standard bearer for the Collet Division, which is a stronghold of his one-time superior. It must be noted that Jones’s mother has served as the chairlady of the UDP Collet Division Executive Council under Patrick Faber for well over a decade.