The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party
(PLP) was launched by seven working
class men motivated by Wilfred Mose
Allen, in the back of town garage of
Hugh Ryo Richardson. The was a regular
gathering place for these gentlemen
to gather and discuss the issues of
the day with fearlessness and passion.
This group became known as the ‘Garage
The other esteemed
members were Albert Peter Smith, Edward
DeJean, Walter NH Robinson, Austin Wilson,
and Dilton C. Cann. The name of the
party was conceived around the dining
room table of Mr. DeJean. The first
official meeting was held at the offices
of Walter N. H. Robinson, Church Street,
Hamilton February 10, 1963.
Bermuda’s oldest political
party, the Bermuda Progressive Labour
Party, founded in 1963, has in the relatively
short span of thirty-four years grown
into one of the two major political
forces in this mid-Atlantic country.