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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 His U.S. via was revoked.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.