Deputy PM defends Dr. Long

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Deputy PM defends Dr. Long
Left to right: Deputy Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre, Dr. Desmond Long.
Left to right: Deputy Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre, Dr. Desmond Long.
Left to right: Deputy Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre, Dr. Desmond Long.

The decision made by Anse La Raye/Canaries Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Desmond Long not to contest the next election came as no surprise to many people, particularly those in his constituency.

But it has raised speculation that there might be something wrong within the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) camp, which Deputy Prime Minister Phillip J. Pierre has out rightly denounced.

Pierre who made an appearance on Hot Button Issue with Timothy Poleon on Wednesday, defended Dr. Long’s decision, stating that he has served well despite the challenges in that constituency.

The Deputy PM who is also the MP for Castries East made in absolutely clear that Dr. Long’s exit in elective politics does not mean he was forced out of the party or asked not to run again.

Pierre also defended his colleague by saying that rumours that seeks to suggest that Dr. Long did not give 100 percent to his constituency, does not translate to mean that he performed poorly.

However, in a statement issued by the SLP on Wednesday, it revealed that Dr. Long admitted that the marriage of his job as an MP and a medical doctor did not work as expected.

“And has resulted in me not being able to give the constituents of Anse La Raye/Canaries the level of care and attention I would have liked,” he remarked.

Dr. Long, the current Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly is the second SLP MP in recent times to bow out of elective politics. Dr. Robert Lewis also announced that he will not be seeking re-election.

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  1. One ting SLP think they good at is a united front...But the people of st.lucia are getting smarter...PEP not only performed poorly...he didnt perform at all....PEP has done NOTHING for Anse La Raye.....Take note of the word NOTHING....Now PIP will always defend cause his ministry is doing NOTHING for the people...I hope this elections st.lucians dont go out and vote for NOTHING....So when you see SLP on the ballot sheet just think of NOTHING

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  2. Poor Pip he always have to come and swep up the mess Kenny does leave for him. When vat came in Kenny in England and PIP defending. When was the firemen Kenny out of state and PIP defending. Now is PEP Kenny not talking and PIP defending. With all his sweeping up he is officially SLP's sweeper. Advice to him. Prepare for TWO more sweeping roles. He performing so well as sweeper he dont even see that's why Kenny want hi to stay there and dont want him to lead the party.

    Yes is a pity for him he cannot use his sweeping talents to sweep out Ern

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    • Dont worry dear Ern or the "urn" will be swept out. Those ashes are already scattered. There is nothing there anymore except pretence from "urn" that he is actually anything of note in that party. Every single one of them must want him gone by now. U notice how much he trying to sweep the party. He can only fool the chair who have nothing to lose because he is thinking only of family profit in the public service. other than that urn is gone. but they still think we stupid in the public. let them let him sweep cause there is no way he can win any election for any party. the educated electorate even with no schooling and degrees know the dirt they dealing with. that record is loud and clear regionally and internationally now. so that dirt will be swept out cleanly.

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  3. Pierre you have no shame.

    For years Kenny should have given you the opportunity to run as party leader.

    Instead he has kept you in the deputy role each time.

    Mario left because when it was his turn Kenny refused to let him have it. Once again you are being bypassed for someone else particularly Hilaire.

    You are probably the only SLP rep who is truly loved by his constituents yet still you allow that idiot to treat you like you aren't good enough.

    Yet still. You are always the one defending and sticking your neck out.

    Be very careful. One day it seems you will not be needed.....

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  4. ......and she said, he should never be one to represent St.Lucia
    because he was lucky to get away with it. One's reputation is
    paramount in Government's business and transactions.

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  5. But PIP you contradicting what was written in the prepared script PEP read.

    I don't know whether it was by PEP's own admission but he indicated that :
    "In reality, the marriage of the two has not worked out as I expected and has resulted in me not being able to give the constituents of Anse La Raye/Canaries the level of care and attention I would have liked."

    However this article is saying:
    "Pierre also defended his colleague by saying that rumours that seeks to suggest that Dr. Long did not give 100 percent to his constituency, does not translate to mean that he performed poorly."

    You'll know very well he was not performing just like you'll know very well Choiseul not too happy with Lorne.
    I won't be surprised if he is the next one to go.
    And I am sure you'll know SLP folks in Choisuel have been complaining about their rep. I am sure the PM knows of that too.

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