UWP executive after the 2018 delegates conference in Grand Fond
UWP executive after the 2018 delegates conference in Grand Fond

Lennox Linton and Joshua Francis are elected political leader and deputy political leader at the UWP delegate's conference

Joshua and Lennox. Inseparable, it appears. After a family fight two years ago the two are together again.

Joshua Francis , the parliamentary representative for the Roseau South constituency who was booted out as deputy leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) over a court matter is back again in that post.

Francis was re-elected at the party 38th Delegates Convention held in Grand Fond on April 29, 2018. He was nominated from the floor and in a two-way contest, soundly defeated Roseau North parliamentary representative Danny Lugay, 83 votes to 48. There were 26 rejected ballots. Lugay was the only nominee for the post before the convention.

Lennox Linton was elected unopposed as party political leader.

Isaac Baptiste is new party president; Hector John is the vice president; Nicholas George, general secretary; Debbie Shillingford, assistant general secretary; Alex Birmingham, treasurer; Nicole Thomas, assistant treasurer; Steve Benjamin, public relations officer; Dr. Thomson Fontaine, international secretary; trustees are Edison James, Norris Prevost and Ron Green.

Former party president, Ronald Charles, did not contest the post at the delegate's conference. A few months ago Francis told the UWP that he would not be contesting the next general elections. Describing his political journey as "very turbulent," Francis said he will serve his full term in office as a member of parliament.

"I release profound gratitude to the United Workers Party -Team Dominica- for accepting me within its family and I am grateful for the experience which I gathered in the political community," Francis said in the letter.

He said he has decided to withdraw from the "political space to cure some issues, and as such it would be in the best interest of the United Workers Party -Team Dominica- to identify and work with a potential candidate for the next general election."

Francis wrote that he will serve his full term as MP for Roseau South and "will not disregard the social and moral contract with my constituents."