Bartlett would go for JLP deputy leadership post if

Published: Friday | December 13, 2013 Comments 0
Edmund Bartlett
Edmund Bartlett

East Central St James Member of Parliament Edmund Bartlett says he is considering a request from Labourites in western Jamaica to assume the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Area Council 4.

But Bartlett, who supported Audley Shaw's failed bid to wrest the leadership of the party from the hands of Andrew Holness, does not appear interested in contesting the post in an election.

"A number of delegates and senior leaders of the region have been coming to me to ask if I would consider taking up a position I had before as deputy leader, and that would be a signal of maturity and strength, and also a signal of reconciliation and strength, which is so important now to move forward for the next general election," Bartlett told The Gleaner.

"I am preparing my mind to accept, providing, of course, that there is the consensus of all because it may not be a great idea to enter into a competitive race," Bartlett added.

The region, which covers the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover, Westmoreland, and St Elizabeth is the only area council of the JLP currently without a deputy leader.

Dr Christopher Tufton, who, like Bartlett, supported Shaw in the recent leadership election, withdrew his candidacy for re-election as deputy leader. His withdrawal followed the decision by Holness to boot him from the Senate, as well as doubts over whether he was duly nominated to continue in the position he held since 2010.

Nominations for the post of deputy leader is set for December 22, and the election is due 30 days afterwards.

Following Shaw's defeat, Bartlett refused an offer to be part of Holness' new Shadow Cabinet. However, yesterday, he hinted that he would take up a position in the Shadow Cabinet if he is elected deputy leader, telling The Gleaner "that would complete the reconciliation process".

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