MP for Anse La Raye/Canaries, Doctor Desmond Long, better known in calypso circles as ‘the Mighty Pep’, has denied what he described as “rumours” that he was pushed by the ruling party to quit elective politics.
In a statement to the media today, the MP also dismissed suggestions that he was dissatisfied with not being given a ministerial portfolio and that the ruling party did not wish him to contest the upcoming elections.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Long asserted.
He disclosed that the Political Leader and the Party’s executive have stood by him from his very first day in politics.
“No one called on me to step down or not to contest the upcoming election. That is my decision, taken after consultation with my family, loved ones and close friends,” the outgoing MP disclosed.
“Regarding the rumour that I was dissatisfied as a result of not holding a ministerial position the truth is in the four years I have served within this government, I have never once raised this issue. My primary duty as Parliamentary Representative has always been to the people of the constituency.”
Long recalled that when he entered elective politics in 2011, he was a young medical doctor with an equally young private practice.
He explained that it was his hope that he could successfully navigate the rigours of political representation whilst simultaneously building his medical practice.
However Long lamented that in reality, the marriage of the two has not worked out as he expected resulting in him not being able to give the constituents of Anse La Raye/Canaries the level of care and attention he would have liked.
“Whereas I retain the commitment to assisting those from my constituency in need of my medical help, I must make way for the Labour Party to find someone who can devote the time and attention which the people of Anse La Raye/Canaries deserve,” the MP stated.