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Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Castries Central Richard Frederick said he has not made a decision yet on whether to contest as an independent candidate at the next elections.
“I know not the finality of that decision. It is still in the making. What I can say that has been ascertained is…I will be somewhere in the fray to influence votes, because I want the best for my country and I want the best team to lead this country amidst this difficult time,” he told a media conference today (Dec.9).
Asked to comment on the announcement made the United Workers Party (UWP) that former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) member Peterson Francis will be contesting that seat at the next elections, Frederick said the constituents will decide whether they give Peterson a chance or not.
“I can speak about my ability. I can speak about my track record. Peterson Francis does not have a political track record so to speak by which I can judge him, so his candidacy as a newcomer, let’s see what unfolds if he assumes political office,” the former UWP member added.
Questioned as to whether he plans to support Francis, Frederick said he will not support anyone who falls under the leadership of Allen Chastanet.
“Allen Chastanet spells disaster for this country,” he said.
The UWP National Council on August 17, 2014 had voted to expel Frederick. This was a unanimous decision taken, where out of the 45 votes, 40 members voted to have Frederick expelled.
The MP was elected to the Castries Central constituency as an independent member of parliament, having won the by-election held on March 13, 2006. He was later endorsed by the UWP and was re-elected for the UWP in the general election of December 11, 2006.
He was selected in 2006 to serve as Minister for Housing, Urban Renewal and Local Government in the government of Prime Minister John Compton.
Following Compton’s death in September 2007 and Stephenson King as prime minister, Frederick’s portfolio was then expanded to include Urban Renewal and Local Government.
Frederick ran for deputy leader of the UWP in 2008 but lost that battle. He was later forced to resign as cabinet minister in September 2011. His U.S. visa was also revoked.
He won his seat back for Castries Central during the 2011 General Elections.