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The Saint Lucia Labour Party’s (SLP) loss at this year’s election came as a surprise to many and this was no different for the new Castries South Member of Parliament (MP) Ernest Hilaire.
Hilaire has said he is disheartened at the loss by his party, but told the media that he will use his time in opposition to nurture greater bonds with constituents to take Castries South forward.
The new MP said he will advocate at every opportunity for continued development in his constituency, stating that his plans proposed for development there would have been achievable if the SLP was in power.
During the election campaign, Hilaire spoke about a comprehensive plan for Castries South that would include construction of playgrounds, a community centre in Ciceron, among several others.
The former British High Commissioner said his team ran a clean, diverse and youth based campaign.
He claims, however, that his slim win was beyond his control as issues of financial enticement and efforts to tarnish his reputation were at the forefront of the United Workers Party (UWP) campaign.
Hilaire said his ultimate goal is to help the SLP to regain governance of the country.
He etched out a narrow win over UWP’s Mary Isaac in the run for the Castries South seat at the June 6 polls.
Although there was a recount of ballots for the constituency on Tuesday, which saw a slight change in the number of votes he received, Hillaire remained the official winner of that seat.