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JLP: Holness will beat any challenger and retain West Central St Andrew seat

Published:Tuesday | September 16, 2014 | 1:54 PM
Andrew Holness – File

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says its leader Andrew Holness will beat any challenger and retain his West Central St Andrew seat.

The statement comes amid reports that former JLP member Joan Gordon-Webley could represent the People's National Party at the next polls.

A Gleaner article today disclosed that the veteran politician who quit the party in August after 40 years, has been engaged in active discussions with the PNP.

She says she has not formally applied to the PNP, but has declined to elaborate, saying she was too busy to talk.

It’s understood that Gordon-Webley could be the PNP's representative for the West Central St Andrew seat now held by the JLP Leader.

However, JLP chairman, Robert Montague, says he is confident that the JLP leader will beat any challenger.

Holness has been MP for West Central St Andrew since 1997 and won a 2011 re-election by just over 1,000 votes.

Montague says the party tried to persuade the former East Rural St Andrew representative to remain but she insisted on leaving earlier this year.

He also says as a democratic party, the JLP must respect Gordon Webley’s right to choose.

Gordon-Webley, had been a vocal supporter of Audley Shaw in his unsuccessful JLP leadership challenge last year.

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