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Lawrence gets another injunction blocking the JLP from replacing him

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The legal row between the Jamaica Labour Party, JLP and its member Othneil Lawrence took another twist today as the North West St. Ann caretaker successfully applied for an injunction, blocking the party from taking steps to replace him.

Lawrence was granted a 28-day ex parte injunction, barring the JLP from convening any meeting in the North West St Ann constituency without his involvement.

He successfully argued in the Supreme Court that as caretaker/candidate, he is chairman of the constituency and as a result, the party cannot have any meeting in the constituency without his involvement.

The party has also been barred from making any attempt to remove him without following the JLP’s constitution.

Justice Sharon George granted the injunction after hearing an application from attorney-at law, Hugh Wildman, who is representing Lawrence.

Lawrence's attorney said his client decided to file for the injunction after he was barred from a JLP meeting in his constituency last week.

This happened after the Supreme Court had refused to grant an extension of the original injunction Lawrence had obtained which prevented the party from selecting a new candidate to replace him.

This had cleared the way for the JLP to take steps to replace Lawrence.

The Supreme Court had granted the 14-day injunction to the JLP caretaker on November 27.

JLP Leader Andrew Holness and General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, are respondents

Lawrence is accusing the JLP Leader and General Secretary of flouting the party's constitution by attempting to remove him without a vote by the delegates.

He is also claiming that he is being victimised because of his support for

Audley Shaw in the leadership race against Holness last year.

Lawrence was reportedly among a number of losing candidates from the 2011 general election who were summoned to the JLP's Belmont Road headquarters a few weeks ago and given the boot.

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