One week after it was elected to office, the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has suffered its first casualty.

In a press release last night, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said she was informed by way of letter by Bishop Joseph Atherley, Member of Parliament for St. Michael West, of his intention to serve in Opposition to the BLP Government.

“This was further confirmed by letter from her Excellency the Governor General Dame Sandra Mason,” the brief statement said.

According to Barbados Today Online News, the development follows the naming by Mottley of her 30-member Cabinet last weekend with Atherley, who is head of the Evangelical Holiness Christian Community Church, being a glaring omission.

Today, St. George North Member of Parliament Gline Clarke also expressed disappointment over being left out of the Cabinet but said he would not be crossing the floor.

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