Harris, Brantley and Richards to lead Unity Partnership
- Published on Thursday, 26 September 2013 20:24
- Written by Toni Frederick
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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): All three parties committed to the Unity Construct are to be represented in the leadership of the Movement.
Former Government Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, who has served in the Parliament for nearly eighteen years, was on Thursday night identified as the Leader of the Unity Movement.
"We have decided that we will set aside all our political differences. We have decided that as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary of Independence, it is time once more for us to put the interest of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis first and foremost. Service to people is what Unity is about," Dr. Harris said to loud cheers from the thousands gathered in the Greenlands Pasture.
Dr. Harris, the Leader of the People's Labour Party, was introduced as, "The next Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis," by Federal Opposition Leader Mr. Mark Brantley.
Mr. Brantley, Deputy Leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement and Nevis Deputy Premier, was named Co-Deputy Leader of the Unity Partnership along with People's Action Movement Leader Shawn Richards.
During his presentation Thursday night, Dr. Harris pledged that a Unity Government would make preschool education free, and remove the VAT from food, medicine and educational materials.
He said the Partnership's agenda which would be rolled out in the coming days, was designed to return prosperity to the country, put the county back to work and create opportunities for all. Dr. Harris said Unity's programme would rely on the pillars of Tourism, Agriculture, Financial Services and Alternative Energy.
The Unity Leader also pledged equitable treatment to the people Nevis.
"Respect for their government, fair and equitable participation in our embassies, in the SIDF and in all areas of foreign assistance," Dr. Harris said.
Nine candidates from the three parties stood together on the platform on Thursday night, all dressed in white shirts, with matching ties in the colours of the St. Kitts and Nevis flag. Nevis Premier and CCM Leader Vance Amory, currently overseas was introduced via video.
It marked the first time in the nation's history that three political parties appeared together on the platform.
PAM Chairperson Cyndie Demming made a short address on behalf of an as yet unidentified Candidate to run against Prime Minister Denzil Douglas in Constituency Six, referring to him only as Mr. V. His introduction by the PAM Chair seems to confirm reports that the individual will be a candidate of that party.
CCM Chairman Stedman Tross read an address from Premier Amory in which he pledged his full commitment to the Unity Construct.
The evening's presentations also included a video-taped message from the country's first Prime Minister and former PAM Leader Dr. Sir Kennedy Simmonds, who endorsed the Unity Partnership and called on nationals to rally behind the Unity Team.
"I taped this message against a white background by design to symbolize my full support for and endorsement of the tripartite Unity Movement, and I call on all persons of goodwill, in and of the Federation to support the Unity candidates and carry them on to victory. God bless Unity and God bless St. Kitts and Nevis," Sir Kennedy said.
Click below to hear address by Unity Partnership Leader Dr. Timothy Harris
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