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NC Clarendon prefers Morrison over Morgan

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:26 AM


I’ve got calls from residents of North Central Clarendon who don’t want Robert Nesta Morgan as their member of parliament. So I don’t understand why the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) hierarchy isn’t listening to the voice of people.

I asked who is the person they want they say they want a neutral candidate like Senator Kerensia Morrison. Knowing the JLP I am a part of we won’t see that happen, that will never happen.

The eight female members of parliament on the government side weren’t handed safe JLP seats, they all had to fight for it. Olivia Grange, Shahine Robinson, Marissa Dalrymple Philibert, Marlene Malahoo Forte, Juliet Holness, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, Fayval Williams and recently Ann-Marie Vaz had to fight for their seats.

Meanwhile, the People’s National Party gave all their female members of parliament safe seats, from Lisa Hanna to Natalie Neita Headley, Denise Daley and Angella Brown Burke.

I respect new male MPs like Nigel Clarke and Pearnel Charles Jr, but why should Robert Nesta Morgan get North Central over Kerensia Morrison? Why should Matthew Samuda get North Eastern St Ann over Kerensia Morrison?

I strongly believe it is time for a woman to compete in a safe seat for the JLP. Like Damion Crawford, Kerensia Morrison’s name is the first name to be called by Labourites for that seat, which shows her popularity.

The party says that it is data driven so I suggest they conduct a poll in North Central Clarendon to determine their preferred candidate.

Teddylee Gray

Ocho Rios, St Ann