Lovell blasts former UPP members

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The political leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) has criticised three former executive members of his party who are now founding members of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA).
Harold Lovell has suggested that the move to create such an alliance arose from who have switched their allegiance to the DNA, is rooted in ill feelings that they are harbouring toward his party.
“It’s not about love, it’s not about development, it’s about self and I want to tell these people, I want to tell these wannabes these can’t-be’s and wish-i-could-be’s, that this is a party that is based on hate; they hate UPP,” Lovell said.
Former UPP representative and current member of parliament, Joanne Massiah is the head of the nation’s newest political party which was launched on April 18 — two months after she was officially expelled from the UPP.
Speaking at a rally on Thursday, Lovell told his supporters that the other former members — Gatesworth James and Anthony Stuart — have joined Massiah’s party out of “hate”.
“Gatey hate UPP because Joan is the caretaker; Stuart hate UPP because Richard is the caretaker; and Joanne hate the UPP because Harold Lovell is the leader. You know they say hell and heaven, but heaven hath no rage like love to hate returned, and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” Lovell said
He said James decided to join the DNA because he could not secure a spot on the UPP ticket after Joan Underwood was successful with her presentation to the party’s membership.
“I heard him say UPP this, and UPP ah the worst thing in the world, and four months ago he wanted to be our caretaker in St John’s Rural North … at that time UPP ah the greatest thing in the world,” Lovell said.
“He wanted to be our representative to carry the flag in rural north, so he went up, but he came up against a powerhouse of a woman.”
Earlier this week, Lovell said his party’s strategy would be to focus on the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) and face the possible threat DNA poses on a one-on-one basis when they engage with residents in the various constituencies.

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