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NEWS RELEASE · 6th December 2010
Merv Ritchie
It has just been announced, Carol James has tendered her resignation as leader of the NDP Party of British Columbia.

James has suffered serious attacks and criticism from within her party and outside after her dismissing of Bob Simpson for his editorial comments published in a Williams Lake online news service on October 6, 2010. Read More Here.

As the internal party concern grew, a group of MLA's held a confidential meeting with James. She in turn made this meeting public and openly named those who chose to speak with her about her leadership. A breaking point appeared to have come during a recent Provincial NDP Council meeting when those who were identified as being at odds with the leadership of James were not handed yellow scarves at the entrance to the meeting, making a humiliating public display for those in attendance. Read More Here.

Yesterday a private meeting called to discuss her leadership, at the Four Seasons Hotel, was suddenly canceled just before it was to begin.

This morning, just after 11 am, James announced she was stepping down.

There has been no news release from the Party or from Ms. James regarding her decision. The NDP Party website also offers nothing on this developing story.