Babonneau MP Dr. Virginia Albert-Poyotte has asserted that the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is using women, some of whom have mentioned her name on the political platform, to launch attacks.
“I am putting them on notice – do not mention my name because I will defend my name,” the Minister for the Public Service, Home Affairs, Labour and Gender Affairs said.
Albert-Poyotte spoke at the recent annual general meeting of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Gros Islet constituency.
She told the gathering she was very disappointed in the opposition’s Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, former Castries Central MP.
Albert-Poyotte explained that Flood-Beaubrun should have been the senior female among the UWP women and lead by example.
“But she went on the UWP platform and mentioned my name,” the Minister noted.
Flood-Beaubrun has publicly called out Albert-Poyotte over her response to allegations of sexual harassment against a senior policeman by female officers.
Flood-Beaubrun, Minister of Home Affairs and Gender Relations in a previous Labour administration, felt Albert-Poyotte should have been more decisive in dealing with the allegations.
“I have no issues with Sarah and she has to be careful. She has to be careful and we will remain focused in the Saint Lucia Labour Party in the challenge that the people have given us,” Albert-Poyotte declared.
She recalled that the people had given the Labour Party a mandate to represent them.
“This is exactly what we are doing. We will not be distracted by these people who are coming out there and think that we will forget what we have to do and we will pay attention to them,” the Babonneau MP stated.