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Holness calls on opposition MPs to clean up their acts

Published:Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 9:39 AM
Andrew Holness - File

Jamaica Labour party (JLP) leader, Andrew Holness has lashed out at some opposition members of parliament (MP) saying they have done nothing to contribute to the current favourable ratings the party enjoys.

A Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll, conducted in September, has found that the JLP is leading the Governing People’s National Party in all areas and that Holness is also well ahead of PNP President, Portia Simpson Miller.

Holness says while he is not surprised by recent poll results showing the party outgunning the PNP, some party members have done nothing to justify the position that the JLP is in.

And he has called on them to clean up their acts and images.

It is understood that Holness made the charge at a recently convened no-holds-barred meeting he convened with MPs on the way forward.

Insiders say Holness soaked up biting criticisms in silence before firing off salvos of his own.

JLP sources say Holness had strong words for disgruntled members, charging that while the people may be ready for the JLP, he was not sure that the JLP is ready for the people.

And he reportedly warned some MPs that they were on the danger line because of their failure to adequately service their constituencies.

With Holness overseas, a comment was sought from General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang, who declined to say anything about the meeting.

Chang stressed that the session was private and confidential and details should not have been leaked to any section of the public, including the media.

It’s understood that the criticisms levelled at Holness came primarily from some of the MPs who sided with Audley Shaw in the leadership challenge

almost a year ago.

Well-placed insiders say Holness had lamented at a recent Standing Committee meeting, that the JLP’s image in Parliament portrays a picture of disunity.

He said he had been repeatedly opening his arms but apart from Shaw and Edmund Bartlett, there has been no attempt to reunite by any of the other dissenting MPs.

It was for this reason that Holness reportedly initiated the no-holds-barred meeting with the MPs.

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