Paula Cox faces the media last night after her defeat. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Paula Cox faces the media last night after her defeat. *Photo by Kageaki Smith

TUESDAY, DEC. 18: Derrick Burgess is the interim leader of the Progressive Labour Party after Premier Paula Cox resigned.

Ms Cox received a stinging defeat at the polls last night losing her PLP safe seat to the OBA’s Glen Smith in Devonshire North West by a margin of 93 votes (55.49% to 44.51%).

A PLP spokesperson said: “The Progressive Labour Party can confirm that the Hon. Paula A. Cox, has tendered her resignation as Party Leader effective immediately.

“In the interim, the Hon. Derrick Burgess will serve as Acting Party Leader.

“We thank Ms. Cox for her unwavering commitment, service and dedication to our country and Party."

Craig Cannonier will be sworn as Premier at 12:30pm today in a ceremony at Government House.