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Parliament pays tribute to late former MP Dudley McKenley

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 7:49 PM
Late former Clarendon South Central MP Dudley McKenley in this 1968 photo.

Members of the House of Representatives this afternoon paid tribute to former member, Dudley McKenley, who has died.

The former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) member and brother of Jamaican track and field legend Herb McKenley, died on Saturday.

Several government and opposition MPs this afternoon lauded him for his contribution to Jamaica’s development.

Derrick Smith, Leader of Government Business in the House:
I’ve had the pleasure of being in the House with Dudley. At all times quite sharp, very protective and made strong representations on the behalf of his constituents.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller:
Parliamentarians should surround members of the family with support and love. "It’s never easy when we lose a loved one." 

National Security Minister Robert Montague:
McKenley last worked as office manager at the JLP’s headquarters on Belmont Road in St Andrew. He brought to that position a sense of professionalism and fairness. He was very stern, disciplined but fair and he maintained order while he was there. He had a passion for Clarendon.

Clarendon South Eastern MP Rudyard Spencer:
McKenley, a former trade unionist was critical to my involvement in the Bustamante Industrial Trade union. 

McKenley's political journey as recalled by political historian Troy Caine:
*McKenley became involved in representational politics in the 1960s politics through his involvement in the trade union movement and roles in the BITU.
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McKenley was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1967 after winning the Clarendon South Central seat that was established that year.
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He lost the seat to the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Dallas Young in 1972. The seat was scrapped in 1976.
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In 1980, McKenley won Clarendon South Western seat for the JLP by defeating the PNP’s Rowan Skyers in a close contest. He served for two consecutive terms.
*He did not contest the 1989 polls and retired from representational politics that year.