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#JaVotes2016: I shall return, Damion Crawford tells Comrades

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 7:12 PM
Crawford: I don't want nuh body feel sorry fi me. PJ a train me so I shall return.

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

One-term MP Damion Crawford has vowed to make it back to Gordon House.

"I don't want nuh body feel sorry fi me. PJ a train me so I shall return," Crawford said at a People's National Party (PNP) youth rally at Jamaica College Friday afternoon.

P.J Patterson, Jamaica's longest serving Prime Minister, was forced to resign as Finance Minister in 1991 over the Shell waiver scandal, but three months later was elected PNP president and soon after became Prime Minister.

At the point of stepping down, Patterson had also said "I shall return".

Last year, Crawford, the former east rural St Andrew MP lost an internal election to be the candidate a second time round.

Crawford was also overlooked for North Trelawny, a seat he had showed interest in representing.

When Crawford won the 2011 polls, it was the first time since 1997 that the PNP was winning East Rural St Andrew.

Crawford contested the 2011 election against the Jamaica Labour Party's Joan Gordon-Webley and polled 9,634 votes to Gordon-Webley's 9,375 votes.

East St Andrew standard bearer, Andre Hylton, told the young comrades they should ensure that the PNP is returned to power.

"Labourites are liars. They cannot be believed. They cannot be trusted," Hylton said.