Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simspon Miller, listens intently to Dr. Peter Phillips (right), Opposition spokesman on National Security, at a press conference yesterday to announce the People's National Party's Shadow Cabinet. At left is General Secretary Donald Buchanan, and Derrick Kellier, Shadow Minister for Labour and Social Security. The press conference was held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston. - Norman Grindley/ Deputy Chief Photographer
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has named St. Ann South East, Member of Parliament (MP) Lisa Hanna and Central Manchester MP Peter Bunting to the list of 15 spokespersons for the party.
Miss Hanna, a newcomer to representational politics, will shadow the portfolio of information and youth, while Mr. Bunting has been asked to speak on matters relating to industry and commerce.
Speaking yesterday at a People's National Party press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, the Opposition Leader said she was expecting a high level of performance from her team of spokespersons and their deputies.
Mrs. Simpson Miller assigned a number of former ministers to address matters they previously handled. Several returning MPs and newcomers have been named deputy spokespersons.
New portfolio responsibilities
The two new portfolio responsibilities introduced by Mrs. Simpson Miller are global warming and faith-based initiatives, which she said would be linked to the values and attitudes programme.
The Opposition Leader said her party would strive to protect the "interest of the working poor, the poor, the dispossessed, the elderly, our children and persons with disabilities".
List of PNP spokespersons and their deputies
Portia Simpson Miller - Development, Gender and Sport
Dr. Omar Davies - Finance, Planning and the Public Service
Dr. Peter Phillips - National Security and Leader of Opposition Business in the House (Dr. Donald Rhodd - deputy)
A.J. Nicholson - Justice and constitutional affairs
Roger Clarke - Agriculture and Rural Development (Noel Arscott - deputy)
Robert Pickersgill - Housing, Infrastructure and Transport (Dr. Patrick Harris - deputy)
Anthony Hylton - Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (Dr. Morais Guy - deputy)
Peter Bunting - Industry and Commerce (Kern Spencer - deputy)
Phillip Paulwell - Mining and Energy (Michael Peart - deputy)
Derrick Kellier - Labour and Social Security (Natalie Neita-Headley - deputy)
Maxine Henry Wilson - Education, Science and Technology (Ronald Thwaites - deputy)
Dr. Fenton Ferguson - Health, Environment and Global Warming
Dr. Wykeham McNeill - Tourism, Entertainment and Culture
Lisa Hanna - Youth and Information
Dean Peart - Local Government