PM Harris says Peoples Labour Party (PLP) inaugural National Convention set for Saturday: Deputy Leader Condor says any move to oust Wattley or Phillip from Executive will result in legal action

March 20, 2017 in National

The Peoples Labour Party (PLP), a member of the ruling tri-party Team Unity coalition, holds its inaugural National Convention on Saturday March 25 in Tabernacle Village, in the heart of Constituency Seven which is represented by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, PLP’s Political Leader, and Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

A PLP press release issued on Saturday states that the historic meeting is slated to start at 2:00 PM on the playfield of the Edgar T. Morris Primary School in Tabernacle, and is expected to draw hundreds of party supporters, well-wishers as well as the other members of the ruling coalition Team Unity the People’s Action Movement (PAM) and the Nevis-based Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM).

The National Convention is being held in accordance with the party’s constitutional mandate, to hold an annual convention in the month of March, which the PLP statement assures is a part of the party’s commitment to “good governance, transparency whereby offering to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis a viable option in the national democratic process”.

Following the public fallout between the political leader of the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party, Hon Dr Denzil Douglas, and senior ministers Dr the Hon Timothy Harris and the Hon Sam Condor, the two moved on to form the newest political party in the Federation, the Peoples Labour Party (PLP).

However The PLP convention comes on the heels of reported fallout between members of the PLP executive in particular its Chairman Douglas Wattley, and General Secretary Clecton Phillip who have taken to social media to demonstrate their differences with Party Leader Dr Harris over a number of good governance and transparency issues.

Wattley and Phillip also continue to speak about some 2015 Election campaign funds given to the party but which remain unaccounted for to date. Phillip in a Winn Fm interview on Sunday said that efforts were made to have that matter resolved.

Freedom Fm tried to contact Chairman Wattley but calls were not returned.

Meanwhile Deputy Leader Ambassaador Sam Condor said in an interview Sunday that he too had concerns about the party funds as he is still the deputy leader, and maintained that Wattley and Phillip still have their positions within the PLP. He insisted that any attempt to remove the original Executive by vote or otherwise at the party convention on Saturday, will be challenged in a court of law.

In its statement “the Peoples Labour Party is affirming that the Team Unity movement is as strong as its constituent units and it is behoved upon the Peoples Labour Party to ensure that it remains relevant, active, visible and strong for the benefit of the Team Unity movement and for the benefit of the country, hence the holding of its inaugural National Convention”.
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