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I'm not done with Jamaica - Redwood

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Senate president confirms resignation as he migrates

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

President of the Senate, the Reverend Stanley Redwood, has declared that he has not completed his service to Jamaica and will be back with renewed force.

Redwood made the disclosure to The Sunday Gleaner late last week as he confirmed media reports that he will be stepping away from the role as president of the Senate which he has held for 16 months.

The senator, who will be migrating, cited "family exigencies" as his reason for quitting the Senate, but stressed that this is not the end as far as Jamaica is concerned.

"I will continue to serve my country wherever the opportunity arises and I will be back as early as possible," he declared. "I have been honoured to serve among 20 of the finest most committed Jamaicans," said Redwood.

"I have tried my best to serve with impartiality and humility, always with the best interest of the Jamaican people at heart I am confident that this Senate will be remembered as one of the finest and most productive Senates in Jamaica's history and I hope that I would have made even a small contribution in that regard," added Redwood

Ironically, Redwood declared: "We are just God's temporary instruments in the service of a higher cause ..." when he assumed the chair in January 2012.

Redwood, an ordained pastor and a long-time member of the People's National Party (PNP), was appointed to the Upper House by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in the aftermath of the 2011 general election and a pair of unsuccessful bids in representational politics.

In 2007, Redwood replaced Donald Buchanan as PNP candidate in South West St Elizabeth but lost to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Christopher Tufton.

Prior to that, in 2002, Redwood narrowly failed in his bid to wrest the North West St Elizabeth seat from the JLP's J.C. Hutchinson.

Following that election, he became the centre of a national debate after he wrote to then Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, seeking his assistance in offsetting a $700,000 debt which the constituency executive had incurred after the October 16, 2002 general election.

A graduate of the University of the West Indies and the United Theological College of the West Indies, Redwood, a St Elizabeth man by birth, has been ministering to the poor and needy for decades.

He attended Whitehall Primary, Middle Quarters All-Age, and Munro College in the parish. He grew up in Middle Quarters, and is one of four children for his parents. He holds a diploma in ministerial studies, as well as a bachelor's and a master's degree.