about new national party

The People's Revolutionary Government which was the Government of Grenada from 1979 to 1983 banned all political activity by other political parties. In October 1983 the P.R.G. experienced a split in its leadership between one faction led by Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and the other led by Bernard Coard who seemed to have the support of the Revolutionary Army. This resulted in the execution by firing squad of Prime Minister Bishop and some other members of his cabinet at Fort Rupert by the Revolutionary Army.

This disastrous events caused the then chairperson of the O.E.C.S., Dame Eugenia Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica, along with the other Government Heads to approach President Ronald Regan of the U.S.A. to assist in the restoration of peace and stability in Grenada. The result was that the US Military along with forces from some of the other islands landed in Grenada and , after a short period of battle, restored clam and stability.

An interim Government was then appointed by the then Governor General Sir Paul Scoon to manage the country and complete preparations for the democratic elections and a restoration of Parliamentary Democracy. Political parties re-emerged with the appearance of the Grenada National Party headed by Mr. Herbert Blaize, the Grenada United Labor Party of sir Eric Gairy, the National Democratic Party led by Mr. George Brizan and the Grenada Democratic Movement led by Dr. Francis Alexis as the main parties.

Before long there was emerging a general feeling that the three (3) parties other than the GULP should re-organise themselves into one main party to contest the forthcoming elections.

Dr. John Watts the founder of the Grenada National Party initiated discussions with the leaders of the GNP, NDP with a view to that end. This initiative ran into some difficulty, as some leaders were not ready to relinquish leadership of their respective parties. Other persons also tried to persuade them to organize one party and the idea continued to gain momentum among the public and some of the Heads of Government in some of the other islands. Then the Prime Ministers of St. Vincent, Mr. James Mitchell and St. Lucia, Mr. John Compton invited the leaders of the three parties to a meeting on Union Island (Grenadines) the outcome of which was an agreement to organize a single political party with a mutually agreed leader. Thus was born the NEW NATIONAL PARTY with Mr. Herbert Blaize as political leader. When General Elections were held in December 1984 the NEW NATIONAL PARTY won 14 seats and the GULP one seat. The NNP with Mr. Blaize as Prime Minister became the Prime Minister of Grenada.

The NNP was born in 1984 and its first chairman was Senator Lawrence Joseph of Grenville, St.Andrew's and Dr. Keith Mitchell was elected General Secretary at the Party's first convention. Party groups were organized in each electoral constituency and when Senator Lawrence Joseph was named a Minister of Government, he was succeeded as Party Chairman by Dr. John Watts.

By 1990 when the next general elections were held NNP had lost the following Parliamentarians - Messrs George Brizan, Kenny Lalsingh, Dr. Francis Alexis, Phinsley St.Louis and Tillman Thomas - all of whom later organized the National Democratic Congress.

At the 1989 annual NNP convention, Dr. Keith Mitchell was elected Political leader of the Party defeating Mr. Herbert Blaize whose health continued to deteriorate progressively and which had caused concern among many NNP members. Mr. Blaize did not take too kindly to this result and eventually organized his own party - The National Party. However Mr. Blaize died in December 1989 before the elections took place and was succeeded as political leader of the TNP by Mr. Ben Jones.

The 1990 General elections saw the main contestants as NNP headed by Dr. Keith Mitchell, NDC headed by Mr. Nicholas Braithwaite, TNP with Mr. Ben Jones as Political leader and the GULP led by Mr. Eric Gairy. The results were NDC 7 seats, NNP 2 seats, GULP 4 seats and the TNP 2 seats. The then Governor - General Sir Paul Scoon invited Mr. Braithwaite to be the Prime Minister and he informed the Government with Mr. Ben Jones of TNP. Dr. Keith Mitchell and his NNP formed the official Opposition. Not too long afterwards Dr. Francis Alexis broker ranks with NDC and organized hos own Political Aprty the Democratic Labour Party.

At every convention of the NNP, Dr. Keith Mitchell was re-elected Political Leader unopposed up to the present time. Dr. John Watts was also elected Party Chairman at every convention until 1995 when he was elected President of the Senate by his fellow Senators. He then retired as Chairman of NNP and succeeded by Dr. Raphael Fletcher as Party Chairman.

General Elections was again held in 1995 which resulted in NNP winning 8 seats, NDSC winning 5 seats , and GULP 2 seats. The Governor-General invited Dr. Keith Mitchell to be Prime Minister and form an NNP Government.

The NNP Government started the Island State of GRENADA on a dramatic and unprecedented program of economic and social development. Then in 1998 Dr. Raphael Fletched resigned from the NNP thus reducing the NNP elected members in the House of Representatives from 8 to 7, where upon the Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Keith Mitchell advised the Governor General, Sir Daniel Williams, to dissolve Parliament and authorize new general elections. These elections were held in January 1999 and resulted in a clean sweep of all 15 seats by the NNP in spite of the fact that the other Political parties agreed upon a united campaign strategy to defeat the NNP.

This new NNP Government having received an unqualified mandate from the people of Grenada continued its unprecedented economic and social development for the island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Extensive infrastructural work included the building of new roads, especially concrete roads where only dirt tracks existed throughout the country. Existing roads especially the main roads were rebuilt and resurfaced with adequate drainage. Water supply throughout the island was greatly improved and consumer metering system was installed. Major sea and Coastal defense works were undertaken to prevent erosion in specific areas.

The area of sports received its share of improvement to sporting facilities. A modern stadium was built at Queens Park to facilitate world class sporting events, and cricket and other facilities throughout the country were improved and brought up to standard. A modern Ministerial Complex and a new Education Ministry building were built; and several new secondary and primary school building were built and renovated up to modern day standard. Several Police Stations were rebuilt and renovated to improve the facilities for the Police personnel. A new modern Hospital Complex with state of the art Health Care Facilities is nearing completion at the present time, and improvements have been done to health facilities throughout the island.

Carriacou and Petite Martinique have also received its share of improved facilities for the people. Roads have been improved, water supply improved. Petite Martinique has a desalination plant installed to increase its water supply and also a new Jetty has been constructed. A new Market has been built in Carriacou and sporting facilities upgraded.

During the year 2000, Mr. Michael Baptiste was relieved of his Ministerial position as Minister of Agriculture, whereupon he resigned from the NNP and became the sole Opposition member in the House of Representatives. He was replaced as Minister of Agriculture by Mrs. Claris Charles the Parliamentary Representative for St.Johns.

The popularity of NNP continued to grow as was evidence by the mammoth attendance of members and supporters at both the General Council meeting and the annual Convention for the year 2002 where over 4000 people attended the latter.

Our Manifesto is a message of Stability and Continuity

The focus of the New National Party is investment in people to promote production and marketing skills, promotion of training, research and development. These elements are the ingredients of economic vitality, and the foundations of social harmony. The New National Party foundation pillars that were created in the early 1980s have been the source of inspiration during periods of national and political crisis. The Ability to act internationally has not come without effort. The nation must be founded on a strong economy and a commitment to equality of opportunity for all. Success will and must follow example, prudent financial planning must be a positive way to ensure economic stability. The NNP understands the necessity for our people to maintain our self-respect and a sustained effort to improve the quality of life.

Future Directions

The NNP sees the need for a full programme of positive reforms that stimulates inclusiveness through empowerment with opportunity. The NNP believe that Government must be people oriented. Good governance requires a Government that creates a climate where each citizen has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the society.