Lennox Linton addressing UWP delegates conference as newly-elected leader

Lennox Linton addressing UWP delegates conference as newly-elected leader

Talk show host, Lennox Linton, has been elected political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP).

Linton has received the endorsement of the UWP’s delegates conference as the party’s replacement for the retiring leader, Edison James.

He was elected to that position just moments ago (Sunday Sepember 01, 2013) at the delegates conference which is now under way at Castle Bruce.

This comes as no surprise as it was widely expected that Linton who is set to replace James as the UWP candidate for the Marigot constituency in the next general election, would also step into James’ shoes as political leader of the party.

Last month, the UWP Nominations Committee selected him as its nominee for the party’s top political position.

Despite party procedure which allows for nominations from the floor at the delegates conference, Linton’s election was viewed by many as a fait accompli.

However, another newcomer, Joseph Isaac, will have to bide his time before becoming Deputy Political Leader of the party as his bid for that position was thwarted by the election of UWP candidate for the Carib Territory, Claudius Sanford, who once held that post.

Isaac is the man who will replace Norris Prevost as the UWP candidate for Roseau Central at the next general election.

Ron Green and Norris Prevost were elected as trustees of the party.

The ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP), has not been as receptive to the prospect of Lennox Linton at the helm of the opposition UWP.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit just recently described the expected appointment of the talk show host-turned politician to that position, as “backward and inappropriate”.

He said it was an insult to other competent qualified and hard working well enabling members of the UWP and an “insult to everybody.”

But the unanimous vote given to Linton at Castle Bruce clearly underlines the difference of opinion between Skerrit and the rank and file of the UWP on that issue.

Section of crowd at UWP delegates conference

Section of crowd at UWP delegates conference

Participants at UWP delegates conference singing national anthem

Participants at UWP delegates conference singing national anthem