Wayne Scott and his wife Kym Herron Scott. *Photo by Amanda Dale
Wayne Scott and his wife Kym Herron Scott. *Photo by Amanda Dale

TUESDAY, DEC. 18: The OBA’s Wayne Scott took PLP stronghold Warwick North Central last night, defeating Lt Col David Burch by just 10 votes.

In one of the shock results of the election, Mr Scott pipped the former Government Minister and Senator to the post by the slightest of margins.

Mr Scott received 436 votes, Lt Col Burch 426, and Independent Roderick Simons, 22.

There were 891 votes cast, including seven rejected or spoilt ballots, in the constituency of 1,135 registered voters.

A predominantly black area in terms of demographics, Warwick North Central has been in PLP hands since the single seat constituencies of  2003.

Lt Col Burch’s defeat was his third unsuccessful attempt to become an MP.

The PLP stalwart ran unsuccessfully for his party in Smith’s South in 1998 and in Hamilton South in 2003. He also lost in the PLP primaries of 2007 against Stanley Lowe, to represent Southampton East.

Last night it was unclear whether Lt Col Burch would now retire from politics. He declined to speak to the Bermuda Sun.

But a jubilant Mr Scott said: “I think that people recognize that we needed a change, that we were heading in the wrong direction. Now all the work begins.”

He said he had been “cautiously optimistic” about clinching the seat.

“I grew up on the other side of the hill — this is my community, I can see my house from here (from polling station Purvis Primary School). I’ve worked hard to represent this area and I think people have recognized this.”

He said his constituents’ main concerns were “firstly jobs, secondly jobs and thirdly, jobs”.

“We need to get on top of our economy and we have to tackle the crime issues plaguing our community,” said Mr Scott.

“We need to make sure we move everyone along, and not leave anyone behind.

“I will continue to talk to my community and represent it. Now we will start up again in full swing.”