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‘Not part of us’ – PNP distances itself from ‘Friends of East Portland’

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 9:37 AM
The police were on hand to quell tension among supporters of Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield and attorney-at-law Andrea Moore in Port Antonio, Portland, recently.

The People's National Party (PNP) has declared that it has no relationship with the group calling itself 'Friends of Portland' or 'Friends of East Portland'.

According to the PNP, its organisation in the East Portland constituency has no knowledge of this group prior to last week and believes that those behind the group are running their own individual campaign.

"The PNP also maintains that this group of individuals cannot be described as having any sort of affiliation with the PNP as the party has no connections to, or control over, this group, which is lobbying for the inclusion of its own agenda, while it unconstitutionally claims to support the PNP," the party said in a statement late last week.

"The party notes with disgust the group's orchestrated attacks against Dr Lyndale Bloomfield, the elected Member of Parliament and PNP standard-bearer for East Portland, as well as their pernicious attempts to silence the duly elected executive of the PNP's Region 2 leadership," added the party.

In recent days, 'Friends of East Portland' has issued several releases blasting the party for its decision to stick with Bloomfield as its standard-bearer in the constituency instead of Andrea Moore, who beat him in a close delegate run-off.

In its latest salvo issue last Friday, the group challenged PNP President, Portia Simpson Miller to back Moore in a release dubbed "When the best man for the job is a woman."