ST JOHN’S, Antigua – United Progressive Party (UPP) MP and former deputy prime minister Willmoth Daniel could well be censored by his party for his absence at Wednesday’s sitting of Parliament, where the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) was expected to move a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer.
Leader of government business in the Lower House and UPP Chairman Harold Lovell yesterday disclosed plans of the party’s executive body to examine its constitution to determine whether any disciplinary action could be taken against the MP, who has long had a strained relationship with the party.
The ALP, on Wednesday, was set to move the no confidence motion against the prime minister in continuation of its efforts to destabilise the UPP administration.
The presence and support of all UPP MPs would have been critical in the event had it come down to a vote of the two parties, particularly since the UPP has a two-seat majority in Parliament; if one excludes the seat held by the UPP-aligned Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM).
“We were obviously very, very disappointed, especially the parliamentarians,” Lovell told OBSERVER Media.
“We expected all members to be present at this very important motion … I believe the party will look at its constitution and the party would then consider whether or not any offence has been committed under our constitution. In those circumstances I expect the party would act but always in accordance with the constitution of the party.”
Lovell said the views he expressed reflect those of all the senior party members with which he spoke, though he did not identify them or reveal the number of members.
“I am reflecting the views of the senior members of the party and rank and fie members of the party I have spoken to,” Lovell said.
“I would say we are all very, very disappointed. I haven’t spoken to (Daniel) since his absence and I haven’t received any communication as to the reason of his absence but we will see whether there may be something that would be forthcoming.”
Efforts to reach Daniel for comments proved futile.
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