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Gordon Webley says 'give PNP a chance'

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Joan Gordon Webley

Former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) member of parliament Joan Gordon Webley urged Comrades in Ocho Rios, S Ann on Tuesday night to give the People's National Party (PNP) the opportunity to move the country from stability to prosperity.

Speaking at a meeting to support the PNP candidate for north east St Ann, Desmond Gilmore, Gordon Webley said under the JLP, Jamaica could not pass the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests, adding: "The PNP brought us from fragility to stability. You have to give us the opportunity to move from stability to prosperity."

Gordon Webley said she left the JLP because the party does not have a philosophy. She urged Comrades to be kind to Labourites because a lot of them want to "come across", but are afraid they will not be welcomed.

Meanwhile, Gilmore, who some observers say is enjoying the best support for a PNP candidate running against the JLP's Shahine Robinson, has pledged to give constituents the best representation he can, if elected.

"I will always be accessible to you," he told the throng of PNP supporters.

Gilmore criticised Robinson for what he claimed was lack of representation for the people of north east St Ann. He asked why young people were not being trained to access more opportunities in the tourism industry. He referenced the other three constituencies in the parish, all of which have opened skills training centres for the youth.

"Why don't I hear you articulating on behalf of the people?" he asked of Robinson.

Gilmore said he was ready to serve, transform, and empower the constituents, while attracting more business to the division. He said he would engage stakeholders in the tourism industry to seek ways to ensure that all of St Ann benefits from the tourism sector.