SKNLP new executive has first female deputy leader

MyVueNews Staff-writer

A section of the audience at the Convention on Sunday.

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 21st May, 2018 ( – The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) has retained Dr. Denzil Douglas as the National Party Leader, and elected Marcella Liburd, as the Party’s first female Deputy National Party Leader.

Liburd was elected unopposed at the business session of the 86th Annual Conference at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Saturday night, 19th May.

A two-term parliamentarian, Liburd previously served as chairperson. She replaced former Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Earl Asim Martin who did not seek re-election.

The 86th Annual National Convention was held under the theme, Labour – Stronger, Safer, Better for You.

Taking up the position as the new National Party Chairman of the Labour Party is Dr. Terrance Drew.

Other members of the newly elected Party Executive are Meshach Alford, National Vice Chairman; Diana Williams, National Secretary; Karen Crossman, Assistant Secretary; Shavon Douglas, National Party Treasurer; as well as elected members Dr Marcus Natta, Javon Liburd, and Thamesha Fyfield.

As is customary, the Party Leader addressed the convention speaking if what the party stands for, as he opined that the Labour Party is the best choice for the country.

The SKNLP National Political Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas said, “The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has always been about making fundamental change by working together and standing up for all citizens and residents of this beautiful twin-island federation. The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has always been about fairness. It has always been about integrity, transparency and competency, advocacy, inclusion and substantive deliberate action taking the best interest of the people of the federation.”

Douglas said the Labour Party during its last stint in office had reset the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis for sustainable growth, especially between the years 2010 and 2015.

He said that in the last three years of office, the Labour Party had a strong CIP related investment climate, an enthusiastic small enterprise sector, strong local consumer confidence, rapidly growing cruise arrivals, with excellent visitor satisfaction, sustainable tourism arrivals with increasing expenditure per person, a stable manufacturing sector, good fiscal health with reducing public debt and low employment.

He believes, however, that the Team Unity Administration has caused harm to the country.

Douglas said, “We must therefore fight the Prime Minister and his coalition government. We must fight the greed. We must fight the corruption. We must fight the nepotism and vindictiveness. We must fight the national embarrassment that has been caused by this coalition.”

Top Photo: The new St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party’s National Executive. Back row (L – R): Dr Marcus Natta (Elected Member), Javon Liburd (Elected Member), Thamesha Fyfield (Elected Member), Shavon Douglas (National Party Treasurer).  Front row (L – R): Karen Crossman (Asst. Secretary), Marcella Liburd (Deputy Leader), Rt. Hon. Dr Denzil Douglas (National Party Leader), Diana Williams (National Secretary), Dr Terrance Drew (National Party Chairman), Meshach Alford (National Vice Chairman).

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