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.