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JLP names Shadow Cabinet

Oposition Leader Edward Seaga yesterday named six newcomers in the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) new 20 person shadow cabinet.

Cliff Stone, J.C. Hutchinson, Dr. Ken Baugh, Andrew Holness, Edwin Singh and Godfrey McAllister were all included as spokesmen for the party by Mr. Seaga, which he said will be worthy opposition to the Government.

Flanked by the new shadow cabinet except Pearnel Charles who is off the island, Mr. Seaga made the announcement at the party's headquarters on Belmont Road in St. Andrew.

Mr. Seaga, who has long held the portfolio of Finance, gave that responsibility to Audley Shaw, but will remain the spokesman for the Economy. He also kept Mining and Energy for himself, as well as the Office of the Prime Minister. The naming of Mr. Shaw as shadow spokesman for Finance will prevent any questions from the Government to Mr. Shaw making the JLP's presentation in this year's budget debate. Two years ago the Government opposed Mr. Shaw making the presentation, which led to a boycott of the debate by the JLP.

Mr. Stone, a former Minister of the Public Service was named spokesman for Public Service, and Labour. J.C. Hutchinson, Member of Parliament for St. Elizabeth, is the shadow minister of Agriculture; while Dr. Baugh a former Minister of Health, was given that portfolio.

Mr. Holness, who faces the polls in West Central St. Andrew again on March 26 after the election there was voided, was named shadow minister of Development and Lands. Mr. Singh, a contractor by occupation who just missed being elected the MP for South East Clarendon by 57 votes in the last elections, was given the Construction portfolio. Consumer advocate Mr. Godfrey McAllister who represented the party in East Central St. Andrew was named shadow minister of Information and Consumer Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Asked if he had his eye on any member of the team who he saw as his successor as party leader, Mr. Seaga replied, "I have my eye on everybody."