James Lambert appointed Senate VP unopposed
Wednesday, September 11 2013
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NEW SENATE V-P: New Senate Vice-Peresident James Lambert....
JAMES Lambert, President General of the National Union of Government and Federated Workers (NUGFW) and Government Senator, was yesterday made Senate Vice-President after being nominated to the post, unopposed.
Lambert’s nomination was put forward by Government Whip, Ganga Singh, and seconded by Minister of Food Production, Devant Maharaj.
There were no other nominations when Senate President Timothy Hamel-Smith enquired of the Senate. Therefore, at 1.43 pm, Hamel-Smith declared Lambert the new Senate Vice-President.
Newsday on Monday exclusively reported that Lambert was tipped to get the post.
Lambert was appointed a Government Senator in the tenth Republican Parliament on June 22, 2012, replacing David Abdulah of the Movement for Social Justice.
Lambert first served in the Parliament as a UNC Senator during the 6th Republican Parliament (2001). He started out in politics in the People’s National Movement (PNM), and served as a PNM councillor for the Chaguaramas/Glencoe area for nine years (1987-1996), but left the party to join the UNC.
He ran unsuccessfully against Dr Keith Rowley in the Diego Martin West constituency in the 2002 general election.
As Vice-President, he will be entitled to a salary of $14,700, as opposed to the normal senator salary of $10,500. He will have officiating duties in the absence of the Senate President. The Senate Vice-President is eighteenth on the Table of Precedence, one notch higher than the Deputy Speaker.
When the President, Senate President and Speaker are all absent from the country — a situation which sources said yesterday had never occurred — the Senate Vice- President is therefore next in line, going according to the protocol list.
Lambert replaces Lyndira Oudit who quit the post last month to join Jack Warner’s Independent Liberal Party.
Three new Government senators also took their seats after being sworn in including: National Security Minister, Gary Griffith, who took a seat (between Finance Minister Larry Howai and Minister of Justice, Emmanuel George); Communications Minister Gerald Hadeed and Minister in the Ministry of Gender, Razia Ahmed. Four new Independent Senators also took their places namely: economist Dr Dhanayshar Mahabir; energy expert David Small; attorney Ian Roach, and attorney Anthony Vieira.
Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan, visiting the Senate to table local government reform legislation he tabled in the House of Representatives last week, and Opposition Whip, Penelope Beckles, welcomed all the new senators.