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Floyd Morris suggests Portia was betrayed in tribute to PNP's first female president

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett
Former Senate President Floyd Morris

Former President of the Senate Floyd Morris today suggested that People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller was forced out by persons she brought into the party.

"It hurt my heart to see how the Comrade leader was treated, even by some of the people she brought into this movement," Morris said as he addressed Sunday's meeting of the PNP's National Executive Council at Cedar Grove Academy in St Catherine.

His comments came after Simpson Miller told NEC members that she would not seek another term as PNP president.

Morris said Simpson Miller had indicated the she would steer the party through last Monday's local government elections.

"We should never have treated her that way. All we had to do was wait," he said to loud applause.

I feel it to the bottom of my heart,"  the former senator continued.

Morris paid tribute to Simpson Miller and outgoing PNP General Secretary Paul Burke, saying they have "stood in the gap for this movement".

He thanked Simpson Miller for allowing him to serve his country and warned PNP supporters to be careful how they treat persons who have given long and distinguished service to the party and the nation.