FORMER JAMAICA Labour Party (JLP) caretaker Dennis Meadows has formally resigned from North Trelawny, a politically challenging constituency he unsuccessfully contested against the People's National Party's (PNP) Dr Patrick Harris and Patrick Atkinson in general elections 2007 and 2011, respectively.
The constituency has not been won by the JLP since 1980.
The often vocal Meadows, who indicated his desire not to continue to carry the JLP's banner in future elections in that constituency, after the disappointing results of the last election, formally wrote to the JLP's general secretary, Dr Horace Chang, advising him of his decision to quit the North Trelawny seat.
In his letter, the former government senator expressed thanks for the opportunity to serve the interest of the people of Trelawny and that he has benefited tremendously from the experience. He further thanked the people of Trelawny Northern, particularly the workers of the party, for their support in his endeavours.
Meadows said his resignation by no means suggests his departure from representational politics, but should be deemed a strategic move to achieve his desire to formally represent the interest of the people of Jamaica, wherever that may be.
"In the interim, I will continue to lend my voice to the litany of issues affecting this country through a civil lobby group I have co-founded, namely, Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity, with primary objectives of demanding and fostering principle and integrity in public leadership."
The former caretaker twice served as the party's deputy general secretary, was a long-serving member of the JLP's powerful standing committee, abd was recently elected to serve on the party's Central Executive, the highest decision-making body of the JLP outside of its annual conference.