East End Member of the Legislative Assembly Arden McLean has resigned from the People’s Progressive Movement political party, the Caymanian Compass has learned.
PPM leader and Cayman Islands Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin confirmed late Thursday that the long-time party member and East End representative would announce his departure soon via a statement.
“This is something Arden has been wrestling with for some time,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “He’s decided that this would be better for his political fortunes.”
Mr. McLaughlin said that Mr. McLean remains on friendly terms with the PPM and would maintain “close contact” with any PPM-led government, if Mr. McLaughlin’s party is successful in the upcoming general elections.
Mr. McLean, along with North Side MLA Ezzard Miller, took a vocal role in backing the ‘one man, one vote’ petition drive earlier this year and Cayman political observers have noted close ties recently between the two MLAs that represent Cayman’s only single-member voting districts.
“This was not a one-off sudden decision,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “There’s no surprises here.”
On Friday, Mr. McLean released the following statement:
"I have today tendered my letter of resignation from the People's Progressive Movement to the political leader of the PPM and Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Alden McLaughlin.
"Notwithstanding my resignation, I remain fully committed to the political future of the Cayman Islands and in particular the welfare of my constituents in East End. I believe that I still have much to offer my country and will endeavour to continue to contribute in a positive way as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for as long as the people of East End are willing to give me the privilege of serving them.
"My decision to resign was not arrived at lightly. While I have noted with some surprise the statements made to the newspaper by Mr. McLaughlin, my departure from the PPM has nothing to do with any decision on my part to further my political fortunes. I have concluded that the important business of the people of East End and the country that remains to be done can best be accomplished independently of the PPM.
"I look forward to working constructively in the house and elsewhere for the greater good off all who live here."