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PNP mourning former MP

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Former Member of Parliament (MP) and trade union leader Derrick Rochester is dead.

Yesterday, People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller expressed condolences to the family of Rochester, who passed away earlier that morning, after ailing for some time.

Simpson Miller noted the contribution Rochester made to Jamaica, St Elizabeth, the National Workers' Union (NWU) and the PNP over several decades.

Rochester, who headed the NWU, had the record of holding the offices of island supervisor and president simultaneously, and was the first worker-delegate to head the union.

He became a councillor in the St Elizabeth Parish Council in 1969, serving until 1972 when he entered Parliament, representing St Elizabeth South East.

He first served as MP between 1972 and 1980, senator from 1980 to 1983, and MP again from 1989 to 2002, when he retired from representational politics.

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