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Warmington vows 'interesting' take on Golding's departure

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

FIREBRAND LABOURITE Everald Warmington has promised to speak candidly on the way he feels about the impending departure of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader, Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

Warmington, who is the member of parliament (MP) for South West St Catherine, was blamed by at least one JLP supporter on Sunday for Golding's decision to call it quits.

Yesterday, the feisty politician said he would be speaking on matters concerning Golding's impending resignation.

"I won't say anything yet. What I have to say is in due course, but I will certainly have something to say," Warmington told The Gleaner.

He added: "At the right time, I will have something to say, and I think I will have something interesting to say at that time."

There appears to have been no love lost between Golding and Warmington, especially since a by-election this year after the St Catherine MP was forced to give up his United States citizenship.

Warmington was in breach of the Constitution, having been elected to Parliament in 2007 while under the acknowledgement of allegiance to a foreign power.

The sharp-tongued politician was not reappointed state minister in the water and housing ministry by Golding following his re-election and that fuelled speculation that he was being sidelined by the prime minister. Warmington, however, said that is not true.

"I made it clear that I don't want to serve in the executive branch," Warmington told The Gleaner.

"I said I wanted to return to my constituency to serve the people. I want the freedom I had when I was a backbencher when I am not beholden to anyone," he added.

Senior party insiders told The Gleaner that Warmington tackled Golding at Central Executive meetings of the party about his leadership. They said Warmington blamed the declining fortunes of the JLP in opinion polls on Golding, arguing that the prime minister messed up in the Manatt-Dudus debacle.