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Damion and Donna take their seats on the Opposition benches in Senate

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 11:41 AM
Damion Crawford
Donna Scott-Mottley

Edmond Campbell, Senior Gleaner Writer

Two new opposition senators a short while ago took the Oath of Allegiance at a swearing ceremony at the start of the sitting of the Upper House.

Donna Scott-Mottley and Damion Crawford joined the ranks of senators today replacing former Leader of Opposition business in the Senate Mark Golding and Angela Brown Burke who resigned recently to run in the October 30 by-elections for St Andrew South and St Andrew South West, respectively.

Both Crawford and Scott-Mottley took vacant seats on the front benches signalling the critical roles they are expected to play with K.D. Knight introducing Scott-Mottley as the new Leader of Opposition business in the Senate.

Acting leader of Government business Pearnel Charles Jr welcomed the senators to the Upper House. Knight also welcomed the two senators while expressing his hope that their stay on the opposition benches may be short.

Scott Mottley who is not a new comer to Parliament is expected to play a major role on the Opposition benches as an experienced attorney-at-law. She served twice before as government senator in the early 1990s and again in 2005. 

At the same time Crawford is no stranger to the legislature having served as Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural from 2011 to 2016.