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I did not intend to convey a threat - Simpson Miller on comments at PNP meeting

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 11:23 PM
Simpson Miller ... "I regret any discomfort my comments have caused."

People's National Party President, Portia Simpson Miller, has come out to clarify controversial comments she made at a public meeting in St Ann and also to apologise for her words.

"I regret any discomfort my comments have caused", says Simpson Miller who explains that her words and emotions have led to various interpretations and misrepresentations of what was said and what her intent was.

SEE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, I addressed a public meeting of the People’s National Party in Claremont, St Ann.

Portions of my address were widely reported in the Media. I love and respect my party, its members and the people of Jamaica. 

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I have listened to the media reports and heard the public feedback and I believe it is critical that I speak on this matter.

My words and emotions have led to various interpretations and indeed misrepresentations of what was said and my intent.

Let me make it clear that I did not intend to convey a threat or intimidation of anyone. I also did not encourage my supporters to carry out any actions in breach of our political code of conduct or my own long held principles.

The notion that I threatened anyone would not be consistent with my own actions at the same meeting when I told supporters who were chanting "Lisa must go" that I would not tolerate any disrespect of the Member of Parliament.

All Jamaicans are entitled to participate in the political process without any fear of harm.  I regret any discomfort my comments have caused.

Portia Simpson Miller
President of the People’s National Party
November 23, 2016