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#JaVotes2016: Fist fight in Seaforth, Robertson accused of being an absentee MP

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:41 PM


Tempers flared in Blacksmiths Lane, Seaforth just yards away from the polling station, as the Jamaica Labour Party's James Robertson, who is vying for another term as the Member of Parliament (MP) of Western St Thomas, addressed a small group of community members.

Robertson, who was being accused of being absent in the constituency, was assuring the people of the work that he had put in over the years.

“I have been a father to this lane for almost 30 years, long before I was elected as MP," he said.

Robertson's proclamation was met with shouts and nods of agreement from a few of the people who had gathered.

However, one man, who was holding a cup of what appeared to contain alcohol, approached the candidate with slurs contrary to what he had proclaimed.

Another resident of the community exclaimed that the man was drunk and asked him to move away.

The accusing man refused, which escalated to a brief fist fight.

Robertson ensured that the dispute was settled before leaving the location.