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JLP members give toasts for Christmas

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Seemingly infected with the festive spirit, members of the Standing Committee of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ditched differences and the customary Monday night agenda - at least temporarily - to celebrate the season and each other.

With Christmas, the season of goodwill, boldly intruding into the weekly meeting at the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters in New Kingston, the fighting, or combative spirit, ceased.

Other spirits, that may have helped to loosen tongues and moods flowed instead.

"It was pure merriment. The gesture was welcomed," asserted one party member who was in attendance.

"It was a far cry from the sobriety of the last few meetings," he quipped.

But with the challenges of the past few weeks, the question that readily surfaces is whether the camaraderie will last.

JLP Leader Andrew Holness has, for the past two months, been facing tough-talking members of the Opposition parliamentary team and giving as good as he gets.

Senior members

But on Monday night, some of the outspoken Labourites, including Karl Samuda, Mike Henry, and James Robertson, were among prominent and senior members to be toasted and to toast others in turn.

Insiders told The Gleaner that Henry was toasted as the most senior active member of the party, even with the likes of Enid Bennett, who was one of the longest-serving female members of Parliament, joining in the moment.