United Workers Party (UWP) spokeswoman, Nancy Charles, has dismissed rumours of a rift between Castries North MP, Stephenson King, and the party, asserting that the former Prime Minister has been and continues to be a ‘major player’ in the ruling party and the cabinet of Ministers.
Charles, a member of the UWP Campaign Committee, spoke against the backdrop of the appearance on social media of a viral video and messages suggesting that trouble was brewing.
The video shows King’s constituency office in La Clery, Castries, with a male narrator observing that the sign for the office was not there.
Other social media posts alleging ‘breaking news’ claimed that the ruling party MP had taken down the yellow flag from the constituency office and closed its doors.
But Nancy Charles explained that for people who have been around long enough since Allen Chastanet became the leader of the UWP, members of the public have tried to create a rift between King and the party.
However she observed that over the years, nothing has worked.
“We saw those same sentiments and comments being made during the last election cycle with reference to Stephenson King,” Charles recalled.
Nevertheless, she told St Lucia Times that King continues to be a major player in the ruling party.
Charles disclosed that some of the activity people saw at the Castries North MP’s office happened a few weeks ago as he was making arrangements to repaint the building and replace his flags and posters in preparation for his election campaign.
“So certainly, this is nothing but opposition propaganda,” the UWP spokeswoman said of the claims that trouble was brewing between King and the ruling party.
“Stephenson King remains a supporter and member of the United Workers Party,” Charles asserted.
And she challenged his detractors to see if they can find a candidate to defeat him at the next elections.
“I know he’s ready, he’s mobilised and he is just waiting to see who his opponent is going to be,” Charles told St Lucia Times.
She also explained that although King, who is the Minister Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, had been scheduled to appear on Sunday with other cabinet members including Prime Minister Allen Chastanet as part of a panel discussion to mark the UWP’s fifth year in office, he had an emergency and could not make it.
King’s absence had added further fuel to the speculation of a rift between him and the UWP.
However Charles declared that ‘there’s nothing there.’
“There’s no story there,” she explained.
Headline photo: Stephenson King and Allen Chastanet share a light moment (Stock image)