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Bloomfield wants to continue in East Portland

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 9:00 AMDaraine Luton
Dr Lynvale Bloomfield

Dr Lynvale Bloomfield rose in his customary unhurried manner and immediately quoted Psalm 24:3-5 from the Bible.

"'Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?

"He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation,'" Bloomfield said, much to the amusement of fellow members of parliament.

He continued: "It is that God who gives me this blessing today to be able to stand on behalf of my constituents, and I continue to stand also at the discretion of the prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller."

The East Portland MP was on Sunday defeated by Andrea Moore in an internal delegates, race, which could see him replaced as the People's National Party candidate for the next general election.

Moore got 141 votes to Bloomfield's 133 votes after 274 of 384 eligible delegates caste vote to indicate their choice of candidate. Bloomfield told The Gleaner that it was an "indicative poll and not an indictment". He said that the party will now have to consider his work in the constituency, among other factors, before deciding who will go forward to represent it in the next general election.

"I am fairly confident that I will be continuing," Bloomfield said, while adding that it will still be left up to Simpson Miller to make the call about his candidacy.

"Based on the work I have done and what I feel on the ground where it will matter I am confident that I can deliver that seat in a more convincing way than the last time," he added.

first and last presentation

Yesterday, as Bloomfield rose to make his contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate, West Kingston MP Desmond McKenzie heckled, saying that he was making his first and last presentation. Moments later, North East Manchester MP Audley Shaw led a cheer of "We want Bloomfield! We want Bloomfield" from the opposition benches.

The first-time MP at one point had to stop and await silence before proceeding.

Bloomfield said that his constituency, under his watch, has seen many infrastructure developments, among them being a $1.87-billion drainage and water project in Port Antonio. He said, too, that millions of dollars have been spend repairing roads and installing bridges across the constituency.

"Portland's rugged terrain, though pristinely beautiful, poses challenges and so the many hills and valleys and the flood-prone coastal areas have posed its problem and areas of challenges," the MP said.

Bloomfield said that health, sports, education and tourism have received significant attention under his watch.

He said that a major target in the constituency is to increase banana production by 30 per cent, and he will be lobbying for the early resumption of banana exports from the Boundbrook wharf as soon as the target is met.

Additionally, Bloomfield said strides were being made to ensure that the human capital within the parish is being developed.

"We need a leader who is going to motivate and mobilise to do just that," Bloomfield said.

"Many other aspects of life have been touched by the constituency and by our representation; and we hope that through continued representation, our constituency will continue to grow and that we will take our rightful place within the community of parishes," Bloomfield said as he ended what Shaw described as "a nice farewell speech".