Philipsburg:--- The Members of Parliament from the United Peoples Party Faction and their Leader Deputy Prime Minister Theodore Heyliger met on Monday at the Government Administration Building to discuss the status of their party. SMN News has been reliably informed that the UP Members of Parliament met with their leader, adviser to the party Joe Richardson, and Minister Franklin Meyers to work on strategic ways of dealing with the meeting called by the National Alliance to discuss the vote of Jules on November 17th, 2011. That meeting was scheduled for Tuesday but was cancelled because the National Alliance leader requested that it be taken off the agenda for Tuesday as he is currently off island with his wife seeking medical attention.
SMN News learnt that the UP leader and advisers want Jules James who is the General Manager of Simpson Bay Resort to stay as much as possible in the background at the SBRMC. The source said that the UP leader and advisers want James to stay away from the workers of SBRMC while he should not be the one to sign any documents on behalf of the company while being a Member of Parliament.
SMN News also learnt that the UP Members had a discussion with their faction leader Romain La Ville who is at odds with the party regarding the SBRMC saga. The source said the UP leader also discussed with his faction leader prior to Monday's meeting. It is understood that Romain La Ville has promised to be loyal to his party despite their differences of opinion. La Ville could not be reached on Monday for a comment. SMN News learnt that La Ville did not show up for work neither did he attend any of the Parliamentary meetings since being at odds with his party. Sources say that the President of Parliament is threatening to have monies deducted from La Ville's salary for the days he did not show up to work or did not attend the meetings.
In the meantime, the members of the UP fraction met with their coalition partners from the Democratic Party on Monday afternoon. SMN News learnt that the meeting was called by the Democratic Party Faction mainly to discuss the Jules James saga.