West Bay North MLA Bernie Bush has resigned as Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
His announcement came shortly after House Speaker McKeeva Bush said he will be taking an immediate leave of absence in the aftermath of allegations that he was involved in the assault of a female bar manager Friday night.
Bernie Bush said, “The Speaker of the House has admitted that he will be seeking the help he needs, and I wish him and his family well in what will be a long and difficult process. But with great powers, come great responsibilities, and as a representative of the people I must always strive to lead by example. I therefore in good conscience cannot step up to fill a role that has been tainted by the weakness of the Unity Government to take the morally right, rather than politically expedient, course of action.”
He said the recent alleged assault incident which resulted in a female member of the public being injured, “only to be followed by the Speaker taking a temporary leave of absence, leaves me in an untenable situation when considering the severity and seriousness of this incident and the implications of the Speaker’s planned leave”.