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MP Donates $1,000 to Crisis Centre–Apologised for Abuse Statement

Tall Pines Member of Parliament (MP) Leslie Miller who was recently accused of glorifying domestic abuse, made a $1,000 donation to The Bahamas Crisis Centre yesterday to help in the fight against domestic violence.

The MP was blasted last week after Free National Movement (FNM) Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner slammed him for making a joke about beating an ex-girlfriend.

Mr. Miller has since denied the claim saying, “I never hit a woman in my life.”

“This is my cheque on behalf of the Bahamian women who have been hurt or injured by a Bahamian man, which should never take place,” Mr. Miller said as he showed the cheque to reporters yesterday.

“I’ve been helping them all of my life. I’m heading to BEC right now to turn on some mothers’ lights that are off, those single mothers that I help out every day of my life. This didn’t just start with Leslie Miller. This started from 1982 when

I first got into politics. It will never stop as long as breath is in my body.”

During a press conference last Friday, members of the Crisis Centre called on Mr. Miller to issue a public apology in the House of Assembly for his statements.

Along with making the monetary donation, Mr. Miller also apologised in Parliament.
Mr. Miller also appointed himself as the domestic violence spokesman for the House of Assembly.

On Wednesday Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre Rollins posted a photo of a woman who lost an eye reportedly after being beaten by her husband, Mr. Miller, who is Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) chairman, said he is in the process offering that woman a job at the government corporation, as he did for another woman in the past.

“The lady I spoke of last year, who got impregnated by her father in Freeport and who’s mother wanted her to marry a Dominican fisherman, I gave her a job,” he said.

“She’s now a happy lady at BEC making over $400 a week.”

Mr. Miller said he takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously and does not see it as a laughing matter.

He also encouraged his parliamentary colleagues to also make donations to the Crisis Centre.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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