Richard Frederick ponders political future

By Samuel Sukhnandan, Staff Reporter

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Castries Central MP Richard Frederick

Former United Workers Party (UWP) member and current Castries Central Member of Parliament Richard Frederick said he’s uncertain about his political future.

The UWP National Council on August 17 had voted to expel Frederick. This was a unanimous decision taken, where out of the 45 votes, 40 members voted to have Frederick expelled.

He told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today, September 4: “I can’t say what my next move is. I mean anybody can be there today or gone tomorrow.”

Asked on whether he will continue in politics, he said: “I don’t know. I don’t want to speak on that. Being in politics is a long time.”

Frederick claims there is rise of dictatorship in the UWP. The Castries Central MP has also accused party leader Allan Chastanet of causing a division in the party and the support base.

Frederick has said the main reason for his expulsion is for calling his colleague, Oswald Augustine, a political failure. He believes his statement was factual, given that Augustine was part of several “failed political parties” before joining the UWP.

He 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 His U.S. via was revoked.

During February this year, Frederick’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC, claiming compensatory and punitive damages of $25 million in relation to the revocation in 2011 of his diplomatic and non-immigrant US visas.

He won his seat back for Castries Central during the 2011 General Elections.

While Frederick remains popular, especially in his constituency, and is regarded as a hard working politician, the UWP believes that his actions as of recent were inappropriate and are not in keeping with party rules and regulations.

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24 comments

  1. We St.Lucians need to educate ourselves and stop being so gullible. We need to start reading so much more to be able to express ourselves and speak intelligently on issues much better. Politics and successful politicians can be compared to great salesmen. They will sell you anything and you will buy it.We as a people must strive to be independent mentally and also in our actions.
    Good Luck

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  2. A man who knows the law, has no discipline,and just take a look at those who are following him. Its a shame, we had high hopes in you and you failed us. GOOD BYE! and good luck.

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  3. King...Let FRedo bit the dust...Thats what most snakes do...!

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  4. Where all de money coming from bro? Nobody not talking about finance and it's origins.

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  5. If I were Fredrick, I would BE SO EMBARRASS of my self. that is the lowest of the low to have your travelling documents be revoked. How on earth can you disgrace the people of ST. LUCIA and your self? There is more to Education. oh please hide your self shameless man.

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  6. Choops! Them fellas really believe the UWP is the only one that can keep their hopes alive. News for them. I eh voting neither Flambeau or Labour.

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  7. There is nothing for Frederick or King to loose. They just have to continue taking care care of their constituents,run their seats(preferably as (independents) and rise to the top again. Divided workers Party will loose so bad, that any of them will become Opposition Leader. They will not join Suck Lucian Purses who will win by default. There is no Opposition right now.

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  8. The only reason you were expelled was because you told the nation that you will never work with Mr. Chastanet as the leader of the UWP. You support your decision by not attending any of the party's meeting. No level headed person will think that you were expelled because you called Mr. Augustin a political failure. What is a political failure? Mr. Augustin is a very successful business man. Very polite and respected. Mr. Chastanet made himself available for the leader, in a democratic environment and he was elected BY THE PEOPLE. You were fired BY THE PEOPLE. Move on Bro.

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    • The perception of money, being a political prostitute, trying to get into all organisations so you can get hold of the tax payers purse and invest it as if it is your own is being successful in St. Lucia. It is obvious that certain families in St. Lucia are deemed successful because they are part and parcel of problem we are faced with our GDP. \ Tell me which sucessful business families we have in st Lucia. All Lip service.............

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  9. Just wondering if those politicians had to choose between Peace and Righteousness, which would they choose? Some of those politicians needs to understand that there's a time for everything , a time to live into the political arena, and a time to bow out of the political arena, and either of, The people are the ones to decide that time, but just to avoid the embarrassment and less work for the people they need to just make a clean bow out of politics. A politician always thinks that they will never be what they ought to be until they blame someone else. Blessings

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  10. Move on my brother move on

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  11. What is troubling him now is not beining able to trouble to the USA .

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  12. My challenge to Fredrick is; if he believes he is so strong politically do a Jack Warner.Resign from the house and run a bye-election, only if you bad. Then come convention or elections everybody will know where the confidence of the people of Castries Central is. If he cannot do that then stick to can I help you and cry on behave of the people who voted for him and accept that his current status is outside the party; wait to invade when friend that are inside get him a free pass. I have full confidence that he could work for the people. Stop listening and entertaining the back ground noise of Chas and his gang. This is just pay-back time for Spider and then losers. Chas will fall on his sword and the other will fall inline.If they can deny that as a team UWP did a better job with King as leader than Kenny is doing now. You expect better when it comes to you. Oh Please P.S he is such an ass that he does not understand our constitution is greater Than that of the UWP. Hence reforming the structure of the party can only influence the leadership outside of Parliament. Even if he makes spider the first deputy (dummy) it will always be the man who commands the majority (constitutionally). SO stop playing the victim's role and man up. The people paid you to fight for their bread and butter and not with opportunist losers.

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    • I totally agree doing a Jack Warner will certainly settle the issue on way or the other

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    • You must be in LaLa land for true. Check the records before you disrespect Spider. He worked hard for his community while he was in office and Emma may have worked harder campaigning hence his demise. The Gros Islet people are realizing that Emma has forfeited her role as their Minister and cannot wait to throw her out.

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      • You are so correct in your limited interpretation of events. Engage you brain for on second and compare a man who resigned from being a minister and won his seat after losing his visa and the spider who lost his seat to someone a community did not know but choose to trust her.

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  13. Yeah... move along. You had your time and you disgraced the party. Please leave honorably and do not tarnish the names of the people who are trying to bring the party back together. Thanks for what you did for us in Central Castries but you betrayed us. We need better representation. Thanks!

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    • UWP has disgraced it's self by facilitating so many ex members of SLP into it's mist. Imagine they are recycling two failed candidates of SLP who could not win a runoff in Central Castries during the same period to dance in their party. So ask yourself who betrayed who. Further the UWP have not investigated any of it's members who the SLP alleged stole money from the funds provided by the Taiwanese. So take out the disgrace from the internal walls of the UWP before insider, so the the St. Lucian public will see this party of yours as genuine in it's effort to fight corruption in it's ranks.

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  14. M quite sure u doh need that stress no more....u av enough money to live ur life without all that freaking soaps and drama

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  15. Fredrick if I were u I'd stick to being a lawyer....eat,sleep,drink, live, love, laugh....to hell with politics....god coming soon!

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  16. WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!

    Tell Richard he can rest now!!!!!!!. He should bow out of politics in st.lucia ,and yes he can stand with king also. It was so stupid of him in his town hall meeting to move the spotlight from him to Mr.King who appeared to be very uncomfortable. Humm I wonder what secret they are holding of each other.

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  17. keep your culture!!

    No vision! No purpose! No use! move along! NEXT!

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