United Workers Party Political Leader Allen Chastanet has said the expulsion of Castries Central Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Frederick from the UWP was not solely his decision, but based on votes from all party members.
“Decisions of whether people are to be expelled or policy decisions require everybody’s votes and participation. Political leaders only have one vote,” Chastanet was quoted as saying in a Barbados Today article.
According to the article, Chastanet was interviewed by the online newspaper while visiting Barbados, and made the comments while making comparison between Frederick’s situation and the recent dismissal from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of Christ Church West MP, Dr. Maria Agard.
Chastanet said he knows what his counterpart Mia Mottley is going through. He said like Mottley, the current opposition leader in Barbados, he had been accused of being a dictator.
Chastanet was quoted as saying that when he became political leader three years ago, Frederick, an attorney-at-law, had refused to attend party meetings, accept him as political leader and even made derogatory remarks about him and the party in the media.
“We went through the process where he [Frederick] was expelled,” Chastanet told Barbados Today.
“He took the UWP to court on the eve of our convention and the court ruled against him.
“Once you go through the process at the end of the day it was not the political leader who expelled the member, there is a process. We in the UWP have a disciplinary committee and then the matter goes to the National Council which voted overwhelmingly in favour of Frederick’s expulsion,” the St. Lucia hotelier said.