Reports are that the United Workers Party (UWP) Disciplinary Committee has allegedly expelled its Castries Central Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Fredrick from the party, after he failed to show up at a meeting scheduled for Saturday July 12.
Fredrick told St Lucia News Online (SNO) via telephone today (July 15) that he has not received any confirmation regarding that issue.
He said he is awaiting a response from the committee in light of the situation. Meanwhile, media reports indicate that Chairman of the UWP Disciplinary Committee Linwall James has also refused to confirm or deny the reports.
James said that he is to first to report to the executive of the UWP and until such time he will not provide any information regarding the decision at Saturday’s meeting.
According to information received, the report would be taken before the party’s national council meeting where a decision is expected to be made regarding Fredrick’s membership with the UWP. That meeting is scheduled to take place sometime later this month.
Reports also indicate that both Fredrick and Stephenson King have not been attending regular meetings of the party, since the appointment of Allan Chastanet as leader.
It is also reported that James and UWP members Nicholas Frederick, Ali Landers, Eroline Lamontagne and Eldridge Stephens all voted to expel Frederick from the UWP, during the last meeting.
Fredrick was accused of calling the party’s General Secretary Oswald Augustin a political failure and failed to attend three consecutive meetings of the party’s national council.
However, according to the UWP constitution, none of these offenses, if they are offenses, can cause anyone to be expelled from the party.