United National Congress

Maraj: “Allegations against UNC very serious…”

Former government minister, Ralph Maraj, says it is critical that the United National Congress clear the air—very quickly—on allegations of its seeming relationship with Cambridge Analytica and the possibly illegal use of citizens’ private information for political purposes.

He believes the probe, which the national security minister signalled yesterday that government intends to launch, will answer several crucial questions.

UNC unequivocally denies Cambridge Analytica connections

The United National Congress will be exploring its legal options, as part of its response to government’s proposed criminal probe into the party’s alleged connection with Cambridge Analytica.

Confirmation has come from UNC Public Relations Officer, Senator Anita Haynes, who states unequivocally, there is no connection between the party and the political consulting firm.

According to Senator Haynes, once again, the PNM is spreading misinformation, just like they did back in 2015 with Emailgate.

YOUNG: “We’re probing claims of UNC spying…”

National Security Minister, Stuart Young, says a probe will launched into claims of data mining and spying, sanctioned and used by the United National Congress (UNC).

At a news conference today, the minister stated he is very concerned about the information brought to light in a book by former Cambridge Analytica employee, Christopher Wylie, in which he details how the UNC sanctioned a breach of citizens’ privacy. Minister Young says he also is alarmed at how the information was used by a political party and not the state.

UNC Govt violated citizens’ privacy

...CA whistle­blow­er re­veals more in new book

 

While of­fi­cials of the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) con­tin­ue to de­ny their role in the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca scan­dal, a new book by an ex-work­er of the com­pa­ny de­tails the work they did in Trinidad and To­ba­go in 2013 and paints a dark pic­ture of the da­ta col­lect­ed and used by the then Peo­ple’s Part­ner­ship gov­ern­ment.

Kamla promises a brighter future for T&T

In what ap­peared to be more of a gen­er­al elec­tion cam­paign rather than a lo­cal gov­ern­ment ral­ly, Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress po­lit­i­cal leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar dished out a list of promis­es if her par­ty re­turns to pow­er.

Hundreds turn out for UNC rally

Hun­dreds flocked to at­tend the UNC’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment launch on Sunday at the car park of the UNC’s Cou­va South Con­stituen­cy of­fices at Cam­den Road, Cou­va. The crowd was not as mas­sive as in the days of Kam­la-ma­nia pri­or to the 2010 gen­er­al elec­tion but was con­sid­er­ably dif­fer­ent since there was a large gath­er­ing of Afro-T&T sup­port­ers and Venezue­lan na­tion­als don­ning UNC T-shirts who came out to sup­port can­di­dates from north and south Trinidad.

MRCRC Chairman withdraws candidacy for LGE

Chairman of the Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation and councillor for Biche/Charuma, Glen Ram, has withdrawn his candidacy for the upcoming December 2 Local Government Election.

Ram told Guardian Media earlier today that his move came in light of the ongoing court matter on corruption charges laid against him in May.

"I have informed the party's hierarchy of my decision. It all came about because of the matter I have before the courts,” he said. “I want the courts to clear my name hence the reason I would not be considering myself to run for the upcoming elections."

OWTU: “Injunction against Refinery deal was political…”

THE Oilfields Workers Trade Union (OWTU) is calling the injunction to block the sale of the Petrotrin Refinery a political move.

This after the United National Congress (UNC) distanced itself from any legal action with respect to the sale of the refinery.

Education and Research Officer of the OWTU, Ozzie Warwick, told Guardian Media that members of the UNC—namely Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal—lied on the union in the Parliament.

He says they are taking that very seriously.

UNC: “We are not against the OWTU…”

The United National Congress has made it clear that the party did not file any lawsuit seeking an injunction to block the sale of the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery.

The political party has issued an official statement, in which it explains that concerned citizens are the ones who’ve filed the constitutional claim.

The lawsuit has been filed against the Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Energy Affairs—Finance Minister Colm Imbert—over his failure to convene a meeting for close to two years.

UNC moves to block sale of Petrotrin

The Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress (UNC) is seek­ing an in­junc­tion tem­porar­i­ly block­ing the sale of Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre re­fin­ery. 

The par­ty, through its for­mer sen­a­tor Wayne Sturge, filed the in­junc­tion ap­pli­ca­tion yes­ter­day as part of a con­sti­tu­tion­al mo­tion law­suit over the fail­ure of Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert to hold a Joint Se­lect Com­mit­tee (JSC) on En­er­gy Af­fairs for the past 19 months. 

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