Labour Party leader points to achievements, as party holds first conference since 2015 General Elections

Although the party leader affirmed the party’s fight against social and political injustice, it was the past achievements to which he turned in illustrating the benefits engineered by the Labour Party, and suggested that much of the achievements will benefit the country for many years.

As a party now in political opposition, having lost the February 16 General Elections to a three-party political alliance called Team Unity, he told the conference that the support that the Labour Party received over the years was critical for the Labour Government to make its impact on the social and economic life of the country.

“What you did, comrades, with your votes in 1995, in 2000, in 2004 and 2010 delivered to our fellow Kittitians and Nevisians a range of personal and national advancement opportunities that will continue to bear fruit way beyond our lifetimes,” Douglas told the conference.

He was also upbeat about several of the tourism related projects, which he attributes to the success of the Citizenship By Investment program

The core values of the Labour Party remain, he indicated, as he briefly provided a historical context that drives the organization. “The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party was established to right wrongs. And that we have done, throughout the almost one hundred years that we have been in existence,” the Labour Party leader said, while making reference to improved education access, the creation of an indigenous bank and greater access to housing.

Referring to the empowerment of people and the physical infrastructure development, Douglas said it was a process of transformation that took place in the country.

“The past twenty years caused the children of St. Kitts and Nevis, unlike the children of my day, or even the children of twenty years ago, to believe that with dedication and God’s help, great things were possible.

“They saw their neighbours’ children going off to study, their cousins heading to Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College for specialized training, their older friends holding positions of responsibility and they, rightly, believed in themselves and in life possibilities.

“That is the beauty of the transformation that we in Labour brought about over the past twenty years. It was material. It was psychological. It was emotional. It was real,” Dr. Douglas opined.

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