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JLP’s Reynolds resigns for medical reasons

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMAdrian Frater
Donovan Reynolds

Social scientist Donovan Reynolds, who was earlier this year selected by the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as its candidate to challenge the sitting member of parliament, Dr Wykeham McNeill, in the Western Westmoreland constituency, has resigned on medical grounds.

Reynolds, a recent graduate of the University of London, where he completed a BA degree, with honours, in international human-rights law, is now back in England, where he is being treated by consultant urologist Dr Timothy Briggs at the Royal Free Hospital.

"Over the past two months, I have struggled with chronic fatigue, pain and weight loss, that has hampered me severely," Reynolds told The Gleaner. "After a number of diagnostic tests, I was advised by my doctor to return to London for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. I am currently receiving regular medical treatment and I have two scheduled surgeries."

In his resignation letter to JLP general secretary, Dr Horace Chang, Reynolds, who was quite busy on the campaign trail in Western Westmoreland in recent months, stated that, he was advised by his doctor that his after-surgery care, which will require regular hospital visits, would last for at least six months.

"This means that I would not be able to recover fully to meet the demands of the two impending elections," wrote Reynolds. "My decision to resign has been an agonising one; it was very hard to arrive at."

Reynolds also stated that, contrary to rumours that he had become disenchanted with the party, he wanted to make it absolutely clear that his health issues were the only reasons for his sudden resignation.

"Let me state emphatically again, my resignation is on the basis of medical reasons. I remain fully satisfied with the JLP and very supportive of its leadership," wrote Reynolds. "I remain a strong and committed member of the JLP. My time as JLP caretaker was short but pleasant. I am very sorry for any inconvenience my illness may cause and wish my successor all the best for the future."