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Marcus Hamilton named provisional president for Jamaica United Party

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Members of the executives of the Jamaica United Party. Mr Artis Z. Chambers, the General Secretary (seated second from left) and Mr Linval Rookwood, third Vice-President (standing extreme left). Others seated from left are: Mr Edmond Broad (Deputy Assistant Treasures), Mr Marcus Hamilton (President), Mr David Foote, (Treasurer) and Mr Joseph Kennedy (First Vice President). Standing left of Mr Rookwood are Mr Ebenezer Bromley, Mr Lloyd Ellis, Mr Alphanso Evans (Deputy Treasurer) and Mr Wellington Dennis (Second Vice President).

A third force in Jamaican politics has been launched. the new party is a combination of splinter groups. The first meeting dealt with the party's constitution and the selection of officers

Published Monday, December 5, 1966

Jamaica United Party launched

What has been described as "a third force" in Jamaican politics, was launched on December 4, 1966 when 12 "splinter' political groups came together in a single organiation which has been dubbed The Jamaica United Party. The "amalgamation" took place at a meeting at the Jamaica Success Club, Wildman Street, Kingston.

The groups which formed the organisation are the Great Resistance Movement, United Progressive Party, National Democratic Party, People's Organisation for National Unity, The Masses Forum, People's Political Movement, Social Democratic Party, People's Political Party, Republican Party, Christian Women's Congress, Christian Socialist Party, and National Freedom League.

Provisional president-general of the organisation is Mr Marcus A. Hamilton, councillor of the former Andrew Corporation Council who represented the People's National Party on that body. Mr Hamilton presided at the December 4, 1966 meeting.

Much debate

Ten other officers and 25 members were elected provisionally to serve until January 29, when the first annual conference of the party is held. At that conference, a general election of officers will take place.

During the meeting, there was much debate and discussions firstly. On the organisation's draft constitution, then on the selection of officers and members who are to serve and finally on the name by which the organisation should be called. At one stage during the discussion of a likely name for the new party, several members walked out in protest.

The draft constitution was adopted. Principal speakers at the meeting were Messrs David E. Foot, Artis Z. Chambers and Hamilton, the convenors. Members also spoke from the floor.

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