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Posted: Monday 23 January, 2023 at 11:42 AM

PM Drew reflects on SKNLP’s past stalwarts

By: Staff Reporter,

    …Party celebrates 90th Anniversary


    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AS part of the activities to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), a church service was held at the Antioch Baptist Church yesterday (Jan. 22), where Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew paid homage to the party’s past and current stalwarts.


     In addressing the congregation, Dr. Drew reflected on the contributions made by those stalwarts that opened the doors to opportunities and a better life for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.


    “May we as a people and a party never forget that the freedoms, privileges, luxuries and opportunities that we enjoy today are a direct result of the life and sacrifices of these men and women and many more,” Dr. Drew told the congregation at the Antioch Baptist Church yesterday (Jan. 22).


    He also reflected on the contributions of former Prime Minister, now Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Denzel Douglas, whom he noted for more than 30 years Dr. Douglas contributed “significantly” to the development of the party, the Movement and the country entirely.


    Much of the leadership of the SKNLP has moved over to the younger generation as the party has transitioned toward its future expansion. 


    That choice of direction came after a brutal loss at the 2015 and 2020 General Elections that saw the party losing power and some significant seats that were described as its strongholds.


    The Prime Minister pledged to carry on the work of the stalwarts “to continue fighting for that principle - the foundational principle for the good that we can do not for ourselves but for all of our people and for our Federation; and extend the principle of doing good and being a force for good through the region and definitely through the world”.


    “And as we continue with this fight, as we continue to effect change that will advance the people of this country, your Government has been working strategically, [and] diligently to transform the landscape to create a nation where all can have the opportunity to advance themselves,” Dr. Drew said.


    Over the last five months, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet of Ministers have either walkd back a number of initiatives implemented by the former administration that were heavily criticised, or implemented measures that have been questioned by many. 


    But the Dr. Drew-led administration has argued that they are being done to better the country, including the removal of the COVID-19 measures which he described as having a positive result on the tourism sector, which he noted “ is once again on the rise”.


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