Incumbent Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet has welcomed Sarah Flood-Beaubrun’s decision to compete for the leadership post at the next party convention.
Chastanet said Flood-Beaubrun’s nomination is an indication that democracy is still alive and stronger than ever in the UWP and said he looks forward to the decision on November 15.
“I am very happy that the party could attract a person of that caliber,” he told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview today, Monday, (October 19).
Asked whether he is concerned that Flood-Beaubrun could replace him at the next party convention, Chastanet said he is not, because “there are no winners or losers in the UWP on an individual basis.”
“It is what makes the party stronger. The delegates have always known who that person is,” he said.
The former tourism minister told SNO that he is comfortable with the work that he has put in to help strengthen the UWP, noting that he always wanted his mandate to be renewed.
“But if in fact the party wants to remove me, I am fine with that. But I mean I am very comfortable and confident about the work that I have achieved and the level of response I have received.”
Chastanet reiterated his satisfaction with the fact that more people are being encouraged to get involved in party politics and said he is optimistic that this would help to build a stronger UWP.
Questioned as to whether he would be open to working with Flood-Beaubrun if she is elected leader, Chastanet said he is willing to work with everyone, all in the best interest of the party.
“If that is what the party wants, then yes. I am only one person. I believe I still have a lot to contribute to party but if that is the decision, I would stand by the decision,” he ended.
The last person to challenge Chastanet was well-known economist Dr. Claudius Preville. Preville lost his bid to become leader of the UWP at the party’s 38th Convention, which was held during November 2014.