BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, March 27, 2017 (PLP PR Media Inc.) — The country’s future looks good with two of the three parties in the Team Unity Administration, People’s Action Movement (PAM) and the Concerned Citizens’ Movement (CCM) endorsing the youngest political party in the tri-party coalition, the Peoples Labour Party (PLP) which is led by Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, who is also the Federation’s Prime Minister.
Political Leaders of the People’s Action Movement of St. Kitts, and the Concerned Citizens’ Movement of Nevis on Saturday March 25 joined Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party, at the Recreational Grounds in Tabernacle Village where his party held its inaugural National Convention that was attended by hundreds of party members and well-wishers.
“When Team Unity began a few years ago, Team Unity was described in many different ways,” said PAM’s Political Leader and Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Shawn Richards. “Today your convention signals the fact that Team Unity is alive and Team Unity is well. Your convention signals the fact that Team Unity is growing from strength to strength.”
Hon Richards further noted: “The fact is that Team Unity comprises three different political parties the People’s Action Movement, which will be having its own convention on the 23rd of April, the CCM which is having its caucus tomorrow (Sunday March 26) and convention sometimes subsequently. And here we are with Peoples Labour Party today having its own convention.
“We have often been told that the chain is as strong as its weakest link. The chain can only be strong as all of the members – all of the links which make up the chain. Therefore, if CCM is to grow, the chain remains strong. If PAM grows, the chain remains strong. And likewise, if PLP grows the chain also remains strong.”
On his part, Political Leader of the Concerned Citizens’ Movement and Premier of Nevis the Hon Vance Amory, and who is also Senior Minister in the Federal Cabinet, praised PLP’s Political Leader and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr the Hon Timothy Harris for his dedication and commitment to the country.
“You have as leader of your party a man who is dedicated and committed to the country and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and that is what has made the difference,” the Hon Vance Amory told the PLP Executive and the multitude that had turned up for the Convention. “That is why I feel honoured to be here today.”
According to the Hon Amory, it took a lot of courage for Dr the Hon Timothy Harris to break with tradition to make a decision to turn a new page in the history of the political development of St. Kitts and Nevis for it to get what was the best for the people of the country.
He told the cheering audience that the inaugural convention of the Peoples Labour Party signalled to all and sundry that the Peoples Labour Party was stable and inclusive and that “it is here to stay and it is digging its roots deeper and stronger than ever.”
“Things have never been so good in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis,” added Premier Amory. “The political relationship has been cemented, it has been smoothed over, it has been modified – it has become nice and super.”
Also speaking at the Convention was the Deputy Premier of Nevis, and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Federal Cabinet, the Hon Mark Brantley, who told the gathering that he was happy to attend what was the first of what he hoped would be many conventions of the Peoples Labour Party.
“When I hear people talk now, it is as if they want to take us back to where we were, and when they talk now you wonder if they want back what they had and what we all fought so hard against,” lamented the Hon Brantley
“I can tell you today those who are gathered here and those who are listening and watching, that I do not know about you but I am not going back there, and CCM is not going back there. PAM is not going back there. I know for sure that Timothy Harris and PLP are not going back there.”
He praised the two political leaders, Hon Shawn Richards, and Hon Vance Amory, who were able to put aside all their differences and came together with Dr the Hon Timothy Harris to fight against the poor governance that had plagued the country.
“Today we are in government, but we are not just in government – we are performing,” said Hon Brantley. “We are the kind of performers that really matter because we are performing for the benefit of all, not some – all the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.”