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Clarke fills final Opposition vacancy in Senate

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Nigel Clarke

Businessman Dr Nigel Clarke has been selected to walk into Parliament tomorrow to be appointed, along with Jamaica College principal Ruel Reid, an opposition senator.

The appointment to the Senate of Clarke, chairman of Eppley Limited, was announced yesterday by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness.

He fills the second of two seats vacated by Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton after Holness submitted previously undated resignation letters the former senators signed and authorised him to use when they were appointed in 2012.

In a release yesterday, the Jamaica Labour Party noted that Clarke has held several positions in private-sector leadership and has a record of voluntary service.

"In accepting his appointment, Dr Clarke pledged to uphold the standards of the Senate and work for the benefit of the people of Jamaica," the release stated.

The incoming senator was quoted as saying: "I am thankful to the leader of the Opposition for placing his faith in me by this appointment. It is an honour to serve the people of Jamaica and I will ensure that their interests are front and centre in my actions."