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Holness says he won't be distracted, ready to defend claim by Simpson Miller

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Holness: it appears that the Prime Minister is trying to turn fair comment into a legal matter.

The Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has reacted to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's demand for an apology over comments he made about her on Nomination Day saying he will not be distracted.

In a statement issued Wednesday night, Holness said he was yet  to receive any letter from the Prime Minister's attorneys.

Simpson Miller's attorney, Bert Samuels said the demand letter was delivered to the Jamaica Labour Party headquarters at 12:41 p.m. on Wednesday.

Holness said, however, he has seen the related media reports, and it appears that the Prime Minister is trying to turn his fair comment into a legal matter.

READ: Portia demands apology from Holness over Nomination Day comment 

The Opposition Leader said his lawyers will, therefore, respond to her attorney’s letters when they are received, and that he will vigorously defend any claim made.

According to Holness, the JLP has heard from good sources that the Prime Minister is trying to create a reason to say she will not participate in the National Leadership debate.

"The people of Jamaica want to hear from those seeking to lead the country. They want to hear from us on our plans and other issues of national importance. They want to make a comparison,” Holness said.

The Opposition Leader also said the JLP team has listened to the call of the people and stand ready to debate Simpson Miller's People's National Party.