As the fallout in the ranks of the Peoples National Party (PNP) continues, defeated leadership candidate Dr. Peter Phillips and Sharon Hay Webster, who lost in her bid for a vice presidential position are the latest to tender their resignations.
The two have opted to step down from their parliamentary positions in the wake of their defeat in the party’s leadership election on Saturday.
Dr. Phillips, who had served the party as Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives and Opposition Spokesman on National Security said his decision was in the interest of the unity of the party.
In a two page statement, Dr. Phillips said it is his belief that the unity of the party is essential to its continued performance of its mission on behalf of the Jamaican people.
He said the decision was in keeping with the highest political traditions and his own personal sense of honour.
It was further based on his recognition that against the background of the recent elections the party leader, Portia Simpson Miller needs to be given a free hand to determine the composition of her team.
Dr. Phillips said he would not relinquish his role as Member of Parliament for East Central St. Andrew and pledged to maintain his commitment to his constituents.
He has also urged his supporters to give Mrs. Simpson Miller their full support.
The party’s secretariat this morning confirmed receipt of Sharon Hay Webster’s resignation as deputy leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives.
There are reports that Maxine Henry Wilson could be forced to give up her position as chairman of the South East St. Andrew constituency.
Mrs. Henry Wilson was a supporter of Dr. Phillips’ Arise and Renew campaign.
PNP sources in South East St. Andrew said they are considering replacing Henry Wilson with former Member of Parliament, Easton Douglas or vice president Angela Brown Burke.
Both Douglas and Brown Burke were supporters of the Simpson Miller camp in the elections.
When contacted, Mrs. Henry Wilson said she was not aware of any plans to have her replaced.
Yesterday, caretaker for Western St. Thomas Rosemarie Shaw who had supported Dr. Phillips stepped down from that post and Dean Peart also resigned as the Opposition spokesman on Local Government.