An upset Stephenson King stormed out of the United Workers Party (UWP) National Convention on Sunday after he was attacked by Senator Mary Isaac.
Isaac, who was giving the closing remarks at the convention, said,“There is no serving prime minister who sits as an ordinary Member of Parliament,” which persons said was directed at the former political leader.
At this point King and a number of his constituency delegates walked out of the convention, while sections of the crowd looked on in shock at the remarks made by the UWP senator.
King told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) exclusively that he think Isaac’s comment was divisive and defensive, and went on to state that it will cause further division within the UWP.
“That statement made by Mary Isaac was clearly directed at me. Today I decided to sit with my delegates of Castries North and no one should question my allegiance and loyalty to my constituency,” he said.
King said he wasn’t surprised by Isaac’s comments. “Mary Isaac is very reckless in her statements ever since joining the UWP. She will wreck the UWP. She needs to control herself.”
But Isaac said she was making a general statement that Caribbean leaders do not know when to pack up and leave. The former trade unionist maintains that nothing was wrong with her statements.
“Think about it, an ex-prime minister anywhere sitting in parliament as an ordinary parliamentarian. It is unheard of. So that has to cause us to pause and think,” Isaac stated.
When asked to comment on the issue, newly elected Chairman of the UWP Guy Mayers said that the matter will be dealt with internally and he wish not to say anything regarding that matter.
Other senior executive party members also dodged the question.