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Brown Burke defends decision to go after SW St Andrew seat

Published:Monday | July 24, 2017 | 5:46 PM
Brown Burke says her decision to offer herself to represent the constituency is sound.

One of the aspirants to replace Portia Simpson Miller in the South West St Andrew constituency, Dr Angela Brown Burke, has defended her decision to seek to represent the People’s National Party in the seat.

In a release today, she said there are many questions about her decision to move from representing the Norman Gardens division in East Kingston to South West St Andrew.

Brown Burke says her decision to offer herself to represent the constituency is sound.

She notes that having served at varying levels in the PNP over 20 years she is fully prepared to represent South West St Andrew in the parliament, pushing for the socio-economic policies and the legislation that will meet their needs.

Last week, Brown Burke’s rival for the post, councillor for the Payne Land division, Audrey Smith-Facey, said Brown Burke should stay in her local government division instead of contesting for the seat.

Brown Burke was not one of the persons who indicated an interest in replacing Simpson Miller when the secretariat issued a request in June.

However, on Saturday, the PNP's National Executive Council passed a resolution mandating that the special conference be held this Sunday to select a successor.

That became necessary after Smith-Facey questioned the process under which Brown Burke was introduced as well as the endorsement of her rival by Simpson Miller.