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Holness sees future for Tufton in next JLP Cabinet

Published:Monday | September 28, 2015 | 6:18 PM
Tufton was a supporter of Holness' rival Audley Shaw in the last JLP leadership challenge and was ousted from the Senate in the infamous pre-signed resignation letter case.

The Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has indicated that defeated political aspirant Dr Christopher Tufton could feature in another Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government and Cabinet.

Tufton, a senator, on Saturday lost by 15 votes in his bid to secure the right to represent the JLP in West Central St Catherine in the next general election.

He was beaten by Devon Wint, the councillor for the Point Hill Division who polled 211 votes to Tufton’s 196.

Tufton was a supporter of Holness' rival Audley Shaw in the last JLP leadership challenge and was ousted from the Senate in the infamous pre-signed resignation letter case.

The court later ruled that Tufton and another Senator, Arthur Williams, were improperly removed and should retake their seats in the Upper House.

In a release this afternoon, the JLP said at a meeting of the party’s Central Executive yesterday, Holness specially recognised Tufton’s work and contribution to Jamaica as a senator and former Government Minister.

“Chris has contributed a lot to the JLP and I am sure he can contribute much more to the country generally, through the next Jamaica Labour Party Government and Cabinet,” Holness is quoted as saying.

The JLP leader said he will be meeting with Tufton and Sharon Hay-Webster – another defeated political aspirant – to discuss how they may play a role in the upcoming general election campaign.

Hay-Webster who was seeking the right to represent the JLP in North East St Catherine lost 111-36 to Leslie Campbell, the party’s deputy treasurer.

Holness, in congratulating Campbell and Wint, said they must now move swiftly to address any issues that may have arisen during the keenly contested selections. 

At the same time, Holness says the JLP can be proud of the conduct of the selection exercises.

He has commended the delegates, workers, aspirants and their campaign teams for what he called the discipline and decorum displayed during the campaign and the vote.

With Saturday’s selection exercise the JLP says it has now settled 59 of the 63 proposed candidates needed to complete its slate for the upcoming elections.

Yesterday, JLP deputy chairman Aundre Franklyn reported to the party’s central executive that there was an increase in the number of persons seeking to get enumerated before the September 30 cut-off point for the November Voters' List.

The JLP says there should be no election until the newly enumerated voters are added to the Voters List.