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Former Opposition Leader and Castries North Member of Parliament (MP) Stephenson King has denied reports that he and Castries Central MP Richard Frederick are planning to set up a new political party.
King said that this was never discussed. However, his response to media operatives at parliament today was, “We will see when the time comes.”
King also denied reports that he met with executives of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) to discuss a poll.
“I haven’t seen any poll, but I would love to do a poll actually, but I haven’t seen any poll. I haven’t had any discussion with the LPM in recent times.”
In commenting on Frederick expulsion from the UWP, King said, “It is rather unfortunate and disturbing. I personally as a long-standing member of the party cannot associate myself with the decision taken to expel Mr. Frederick, nor can I associate myself with the individuals associated with what I consider as the manipulation of the constitution to have Mr. Frederick expelled.”
The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) has also denied reports that the party was approached by King and/or Frederick to assist with the establishment of a new party.
Both King and Frederick have distanced themselves from the UWP, ever since King lost the position of party leader to Allen Chastanet, a former tourism minister.
King was also replaced as opposition leader by Micoud North MP, Dr. Gale Rigobert.