Leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said with much regret the DLP has lost some of its key supporters over the years.

He told an awards ceremony on Saturday night at the Cabrits National Park that some of the DLP “brothers” have found themselves entrapped in the language, innuendo and lies of those who do not wish his leadership well.

The Prime Minister said though very few in number, they could not embrace the shift in political strategy that was critical to turning around the fortunes of the DLP, allowing it to grow, to become more inclusive, while continuing to empower the hard working men, women and children who make up the bulk of the country’s citizen.

“Instead they proposed a strategy of moving towards with their eyes fixed on the past, rather than learning from it and moving ahead without violating the social democratic principles of the party. It seems a law of nature that there comes a time when even the best of friends must part; I wish them well, but the door is always open to their return,” he said.

Meantime special awards were bestowed upon Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan and Charles Savarin, who Skerrit said are shining examples of Labour warriors ought to be.

“They along with other members of the defense and attack teams, are doing a marvelous job of keeping the enemies of Labour at bay. We ask for God’s blessings on them and for Charlo’s speedy recover,” he said.