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Othneil Lawrence sues the JLP

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The losing candidate in the 2011 general election in North West St Ann, Othneil Lawrence, has filed an injunction seeking to prevent his removal as caretaker for the constituency.

The suit was filed in the Supreme Court yesterday against Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness and its general secretary, Horace Chang.

Lawrence is seeking the award of general and aggravated damages against the men.

Lawrence, who is represented by attorney Hugh Wildman, is accusing the men of flouting the party's constitution by attempting to remove him without a vote by the delegates.

He is also claiming that he is being victimised because of his support for Audley Shaw's failed bid to replace Holness as party leader in a leadership election last year.

Lawrence was reportedly among a number of losing candidates from the 2011 general election who were summoned to the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters a few weeks ago and given the boot.

But late last week, the former member of parliament told The Sunday Gleaner that he was going nowhere unless sent packing by the delegates in the constituency.

He said in a subsequent letter, General Secretary Horace Chang cited reports from the Operations Committee of the JLP and meetings with different party arms within the constituency as the reasons for removing him.

Chang reportedly stated in the letter that based on these meetings, it was concluded that the party needs new leadership to challenge the People's National Party's Dr Dayton Campbell, who won the seat in 2011.