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#JaVotes2016: Portia wants Audley Shaw silenced too

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 2:37 PM
People's National Party president, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller departs Mandeville following the mass rally.

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

People's National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller has had enough of Audley Shaw as a Member of Parliament.

"It is time that North East Manchester comes back into the fold of the People's National Party," she said of a seat that the PNP last won in 1989.

Simpson Miller was speaking at a PNP mass meeting in Mandeville on Sunday night, where earlier, deputy general secretary Wensworth Skeffery said too that it was time for Shaw to go.

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Shaw, who has held the seat since 1993, is being challenged by the PNP's Valenton Wint, who Simpson Miller says has superior organisation on the ground.

Simpson Miller told supporters that Shaw has been "running up and down making all kinds of empty promises."

"On election night when the ballots are counted, I want you to shut up that man once and for all," she said of the self styled 'Man A Yard'.

The PNP president said that during his time as Finance Minister, Shaw ran up the national debt, "took the IMF (International Monetary Fund) money and did not put in place the agreed economic programme" and derailed the Jamaican economy.

Simpson Miller was introduced to the supporters by Central Manchester standard bearer Peter Bunting who also gave her a bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day.

Simpson Miller who praised the work of Bunting as national security minister since January 2012, told Central Manchester voters to give him a third term.

"I want you to make sure that on February 25 you send him back with me to Gordon House," Simpson Miller said.

"Make sure you send his political opponent into retirement," she said of Dr St Aubyn Bartlett who the JLP had dropped from its slate of candidates in 2011.