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Parliament pays tribute to late former MP David Lindo

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 4:05 PM

The House of Representatives has paid tribute to former Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew, David Lindo.

In 1967, Lindo became the first Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew beating the PNP's E.G Barrett by 1,413 votes.

He also served as permanent secretary in Robert Lightbourne’s Industry Ministry and had responsibility for tourism.

But in 1972, he lost to the PNP's Eric Bell.

The sitting MP for North Central St Andrew Karl Samuda was involved in Lindo's campaign that year, which saw the party being wiped out as it was "a low time" in the party.

"I never forget that election night when we were at Papine Junior Secondary School, which was the counting centre, and when two of my well-known friends from the People's National Party came in with the boxes from Hope Pastures. One of the two brothers said to me 'Karl, you didn't even get 10 per cent of the entire community of Hope pastures',".

Samuda said Lindo was the best man at his wedding, and described him as "a contentious man" who contributed immensely to Jamaica, in particular, through the development of the tourism product.

Meanwhile, the Leader of Government Business in the House, Phillip Paulwell also paid tribute to Lindo.

"It is right for the House to take note and to offer our condolences to his family, friends and to the constituency from which he came to this parliament and of course to the Jamaica Labour Party," Paulwell said.

Lindo attended both Munro College and Wolmer's Boys’ School and was a goalkeeper for the institutions.