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Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 4:59 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

People's National Party (PNP) President, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller was in her element in South West Clarendon on Thursday night declaring that the her party will win five of the six constituencies in the parish in the impending...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Despite Parliament having passed anti-'run wid it' laws last year to help safeguard the country's finances, leading business and civil-society interests said they are not convinced that future political administrations will abide by such legislation...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The people of the breadbasket parish of St Elizabeth are being told to expect lands to be distributed to them should the People's National Party (PNP) be re-elected to office.Dr Peter Phillips, the campaign director for the PNP, served up the...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 9:31 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

RACE COURSE, Clarendon: The Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has suggested that Opposition Leader Andrew Holness declare his assets and liabilities for public scrutiny. It follows mounting attention on Holness' Beverly Hills mansion...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 9:07 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Horace Dalley, the MP for North Clarendon who suffered a shocking defeat in the 2007 general election, is predicting that Central Clarendon Mike Henry will be the sole survivor of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP's) contenders in the parish...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 8:50 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

RACE COURSE, Clarendon: The once safe Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) seat of South East Clarendon could fall into the column of the People's National Party (PNP) for the third time in its history. Patricia Duncan Sutherland has taken aim at the JLP...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 11:31 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Major national stakeholders have written to the leaders of the two major political parties seeking commitment for five major items going into the next elections. The stakeholders comprising business leadership, academia and civil society said the...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

New political ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown turned up at the House of Representatives on Tuesday for the first time since being appointed, but no sooner had her presence been announced by Speaker Michael Peart, Everald Warmington, member of...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Parliamentarians yesterday signalled that the maximum allowable spending on political campaigns was too low and would have to be increased to realistic levels.Currently, each candidate can spend up to $10 million on his campaign, up from $3 million....

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

For the second consecutive week, Andrew Holness' house came in for special mention at a People's National Party (PNP) meeting.As he did in Portmore, St Catherine, two Sundays ago, Dr Peter Phillips turned up in Black River, St Elizabeth, with a...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2015 | 5:20 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

There are two constituencies in St Elizabeth that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) believes it must win in order to remove the People's National Party (PNP) from the Government in the next general election. But the Members of Parliament for those...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2015 | 9:53 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

After being subjected to much criticism and scorn for her 'touch by the master' comment,  Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller responded last night telling her detractors to get to know Christ. Speaking in Independence City in Portmore...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Former People's National Party (PNP) General Secretary Peter Bunting has called for warring factions with the party to put an end to their disagreements and unite for a common cause."All of us have sinned and come short," Bunting declared from the...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaicans will definitely not be called upon to vote for a government before Christmas.After being on the road for five weeks, People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller has called a sudden halt to the party's election push....

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 10:15 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Peter Phillips, the Finance Minister has revisited the issue of the mansion being built by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness. There have been a flood of reactions since last Sunday when Phillips raised the issue at a People's National Party...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 9:51 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

BLACK RIVER, ST Elizabeth: Jamaicans will not be called  on to vote for a Government before Christmas. After being on the road for five weeks, People's National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller has called a sudden halt to the...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 9:24 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth: Dr Peter Phillips, the campaign director for the People's National Party (PNP) has dared Opposition Leader Andrew Holness to deny that Jamaica was unable to draw down on multilateral funding because of the failure of...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 8:53 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth: Hugh Buchanan made a major error on the People's National Party (PNP) platform when he introduced the wrong Bobby as the chairman of his party. Instead of acknowledging Robert Pickersgill as the PNP chairman, Buchanan...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 7:48 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth: In a major signal to Comrades in South West St Elizabeth, two feuding members of the People's National Party (PNP) on Sunday evening hinted that the wounds are being healed. Ewan Stephenson and MP Hugh Buchanan held...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The two major political parties have seemingly identified the four seats in St Elizabeth as key ones they will have to win if they want to form the government after the next general election, and already are pulling out all the stops in the...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The cost of the lowering of interest rate by one per cent on all categories of National Housing Trust (NHT) loans has been estimated at $105 million per annum.NHT Chairman Dr Carlton Davis told The Gleaner last week that the policy change, which...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 12:15 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Western Jamaica will be the focus of the country's two political parties this weekend as the campaign to form the next government intensifies. Andrew Holness will yet again lead the top bass of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to St Elizabeth,...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 9:15 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Twenty-seven-year-old Ashley-Ann Foster, the People's National Party (PNP's) youngest standard bearer for the impending general election says it is time for her peers to get involved in the political process, arguing that it is insufficient...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Retired Northern Trelawny Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Patrick Harris says there is no place in the constituency for Damion Crawford and has suggested that the People's National Party (PNP) remove John-Paul White as the standard-bearer, replacing...

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2015 | 3:04 AMDaraine Luton

Having already strapped up her 'Gideon boots' in anticipation of a tough electoral battle, Ashley-Ann Foster is convinced that the People's National Party (PNP) can retain St James Central, despite the incumbent saying the constituency will be...

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