#JLPConference: Dunn vows PNP will never regain St Mary South East
Syranno Baines, Gleaner Writer
Newly elected Member of Parliament for St Mary South East, Dr Norman Dunn has said the People's National Party (PNP) will never again wrest the constituency from the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).
In the October 30 by-election, the JLP’s Dunn received 8,176 votes to beat the PNP Dr Shane Alexis, who polled 7,239 votes.
Taking to the podium at the invitation of West Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie, Dunn declared that St Mary South East was now safely in the hands of the JLP, and sought to assure that development was sure to follow.
"This is a party of builders not a party of takers.We will rebuild your roads, we will build your water supplies, we will assist your farmers, we rebuild your bridges, let us tell them that they'll never see South East St Mary again," said Dunn to thunderous applause.
The atmosphere at the National Arena reached fever pitch around 12:05 when McKenzie took centre stage to introduce the party's executive body.
The first conference in three years, the National Arena is all but filled to capacity.
And, JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang said a united, committed JLP even with limited resources will beat the PNP any day.
"We destroyed the myth of this great organization in the PNP, it was always a mirage," Chang declared.
"When the labour party comes together and we do it right, we can beat them anytime because we have the best set of workers and the best leader and people are looking to us for leadership," Chang said.
He also said the JLP has total confidence in its leader adding that the party is a fully modern, efficient and relevant machinery shaping a better future for all citizens.
Prior to the official start of the 74th annual conference, renowned minister of religion Al Miller led the devotional exercises.
Leaders of the party's youth arms Young Jamaica and Generation 2000 later rallied supporters.
President of Young Jamaica Howard Chamberlain heaped praise on the party's move to reduce student loan interest rates from 9.5 per cent to six per cent.
McKenzie has told Labourites to brace for something major as the day progresses.