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Ashley-Ann Foster elected PNP East Central St James constituency chairman

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Member of Parliament for Central St James, Lloyd B. Smith, dances with a party supporter during the People's National Party East Central St James constituency conference on Sunday night. - Photo by Claudia Gardner
Vice-president of the PNP's Women's Movement Region Six, Jennifer McLeod, demonstrates a point, using Central St James member of Parliament, Lloyd B. Smith, during her address at the People's National Party East Central St James constituency conference on Sunday night. - Photo by Claudia Gardner
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Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator

WESTERN BUREAU:

Ashley-Ann Foster was elected People's National Party (PNP) chairman of the East Central St James constituency at the organisation's annual conference on Sunday night.

The event was held at the John Rollins Success Primary School and saw members of Parliament Mikail Phillips, Dr Dayton Campbell and Lloyd B. Smith in attendance and those pledging their support for the 25-year-old attorney-at-law.

Smith was his usual playful self, dancing and prancing and making verbal jabs at his colleagues in opposition, claiming that the Jamaica Labour Party's Edmund Bartlett, who has been member of Parliament for the constituency for more than a decade, would be ousted in the next General Election.

"On December 29, 2011, the Jamaican people said to Andrew Holness 'mi woulda deh wid you, but it no healthy'", Smith said, quoting from the song Incompatible, recorded by dancehall artiste, Bugle.

Consultations

In her address, Foster called on her constituency committee members to consult with other constituencies in the western region to craft development plans to create, among other things, employment opportunities, promote small- and medium-size enterprises, contribute to rural development, and reduce poverty and inequality.

"I believe I have a good grasp of what the people of many walks of life want for the west ... . I want to bring St James further into the mainstream of national and regional development. The west has a lot to contribute to national development and East Central St James can play a pivotal role in this," she said.

The new constituency chairman is a graduate of the University of Buckingham and has a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the firm Robinson Foster and Associates. She is also a finance subcommittee member on the board of the Montego Bay Arts Council.