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Bunting bashes Burke over 'stand down' comment

Published:Monday | July 18, 2016 | 5:10 PM
Bunting: Burke's comments exposes the propensity of the general secretary to create unnecessary controversy and division within the party.

Manchester Central MP Peter Bunting is accusing the People's National Party (PNP) general secretary, Paul Burke, of creating unnecessary controversy within the Party.

Bunting was responding to Burke’s denial earlier today that officers of the party had asked the Central Manchester and other aspirants for president of the PNP to stand down this year because of the impending local government elections.

According to Burke, it might have been a personal opinion of PNP chairman Robert Pickersgill, but not the position of the PNP officer corps.

READ: Burke: Bunting wasn't asked to not challenge Portia for PNP president

Reacting to Burke, Bunting this afternoon issued a statement saying PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill had told him that the officers believed a presidential contest in September would affect the PNP in the upcoming elections.

He said Pickersgill also stated that he had been mandated to speak with possible aspirants to discourage any challenge to incumbent Portia Simpson Miller.

Bunting also says Burke's comments exposes his propensity to create unnecessary controversy and division within the party.

He says this is most unfortunate at a time when the party should be coming together to ensure victory in the upcoming local government elections.