Ex-Finance Minister and Ex-Deputy PM create new option for voting Kittitians: Harris and Condor form new Labour Party
St. Kitts and Nevis has a new Labour Party, the People’s Labour Party; “We are formally, officially and properly registered. We are… a legal entity and we have done all that is required in relation to that,” PLP Leader Dr. Timothy Harris told WINN FM recently.
The former Senior Government Minister Dr. Harris and former Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor, the PLP’s Deputy Leader, officially launched the new party at a press conference on Monday.
Speaking to WINN FM over the weekend, Dr. Harris was reluctant to provide many details about the party ahead of Monday’s launch.
The People’s Labour Party will host its first political meeting in Greenlands Park Basseterre – Mr. Condor’s constituency – on Wednesday night. On Sunday they will move to Dr. Harris constituency, holding a meeting in Tabernacle.
Dr. Harris, a 17-year MP was fired by the Prime Minister as a Member of Cabinet earlier this year, while Mr. Condor who was then the Deputy Prime Minister, was removed from the post as Leader of Government Business.
Among the reasons given for their sackings, was their objection to two controversial pieces of government-sponsored legislation and public utterances deemed unfavourable to the Administration.
Mr. Condor later resigned from Cabinet and as Deputy Prime Minister. They have joined forces with the four elected Members of the Opposition in indicating to the Governor General that they do not support Dr. Denzil Douglas as Prime Minister and will vote in favour of a Motion of No Confidence, filed by the Opposition last December.
The six, who comprise the majority of elected Members of the House, have taken a case to the court charging that their constitutional rights are being violated by the Motion not being presented to the Parliament.
Dr. Harris and Mr. Condor have become vocal critics of the Prime Minister, though they have continued to assert their commitment to the philosophy of Labour. The two have come in for sharp attacks from Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and other members of Cabinet both from the political platform and in the media.