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President Peter’s first NEC meeting

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:00 AM
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PNP stalwarts K.D. Knight (left), John Junor (right) and Michael Peart, after the party's NEC meeting where then president Portia Simpson Miller annouced her departure date paving the way for Dr Peter Phillips to get the party's top job.
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People's National Party (PNP) president Dr Peter Phillips will today take charge of the affairs of the party's highest decision-making body outside of its annual conference when the National Executive Council (NEC) meets at the Montego Bay Community College in St James.

Phillips, in March, took the reins of the PNP, unchallenged, but after two previous unsuccessful attempts.

Last week, Phillips told The Sunday Gleaner that he was satisfied with the smoothness of the transition to date.

"The party is feeling good about the smoothness of the transition process. It certainly make things a lot easier as there is one accord. So now, there is a lot of political work to be done, while, at the same time, deepening the communication with Jamaica, our communities, and our supporters," said Phillips.

He told our news team that he had already held several meetings, including a retreat for members of parliament to discuss the political education programmes to be undertaken by the party, and he is continuing with his listening tour.

Addressing the confusing issue of who is the party's treasurer, he said that the issue was not an agenda item for today's meeting, "but will be by the next meeting".

Norman Horne, in a letter to the NEC last year, offered his resignation as treasurer, and for months, our news team tried without success to find out who had replaced him until it emerged recently that he was still serving in that capacity.