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Crawford denies eyeing East Portland seat

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 10:29 AMGareth Davis Snr.
People's National Party vice-president aspirant Damion Crawford during a tour of the Musgrave market in Port Antonio, Portland on Sunday, July 8, 2018 - Gareth Davis Sr photo

People's National Party (PNP) vice-president aspirant Damion Crawford has dismissed claims that he is likely to replace East Portland Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield in the next general election.

The PNP is now considering if it will keep Bloomfield as its representative in the constituency and Crawford has been among the names called as possible replacements.

But, Crawford, who was the guest speaker at a PNP divisional conference organised by the councillor for the Port Antonio division, Dexter Rowland, last Sunday, told journalists that he has not given any consideration to contesting the seat.

“There is no need for me to come to East Portland at this time as there are competent persons here to win this seat,“ declared Crawford.

“Yes I toured the Musgrave market where I got a warm reception, however, I don’t need to come to this constituency, as it is already won. East Portland doesn’t need me to beat Mrs. Vaz (Ann Marie), as she has already lost. I might go down to where Andrew Holness is because he doesn’t deserve to be in Parliament," added the former MP and current opposition senator.

Ann Marie Vaz, who is the wife of West Portland MP Daryl Vaz, will be the standard bearer for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in East Portland in the next general election.

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