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Crawford shuns NEC meetings, irks sections of PNP hierarchy

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 1:15 PMErica Virtue
Damion Crawford

The embattled incumbent member of parliament for East Rural St Andrew, Damion Crawford, has come in for sharp criticisms from sections of his own party - this time for attending none of the six Peoples' National Party (PNP) National Executive Council meetings for the 2014/2015 year.

The dreadlocked first-time MP, who is fighting to win his party's approval to again represent it in the impending general elections, has given no reason for his dismal attendance record, which some sections of the PNP hierarchy view as disrespectful, sources say.

Crawford, who offered himself as a candidate for the upcoming election after the deadline, also carries another dismal record of attendance for the nine meetings of the Parliamentary group.

Crawford has attended only one of the nine meetings convened.

According to party sources, his disdain for the party and what it stands for are among the reasons he is having problems in his constituency.

A number of comrades, including Chairman Robert Pickersgill, Deputy Chairman Anthony Hylton, General Secretary Paul Burke; MPs Denise Daley, Winston Green, and Lynvale Bloomfield‎, have prefect  attendance records at National Executive Council meetings.

Chairman of Region Three Phillip Paulwell, MP Richard Azan and Senator Wensworth Skeffery all have perfect ‎attendance records at meetings of the Parliamentary group for the same period.

MP Julian Robinson has a near perfect record, missing only one of nine meetings.

Mayors Scean Barnswell and Garth Wilkinson have attended all nine meetings.