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Nigel Clarke on a mission! - Soon-to-be-JLP candidate wants to advance quality of life

Published:Monday | February 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) congratulates Dr Nigel Clarke on being chosen to be the caretaker for the St Andrew North West constituency during a National Executive Council meeting at the Pembroke Hall Community Centre on Sunday.

The Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) prospective candidate for the North West St Andrew by-election, Dr Nigel Clarke, is promising consultation with residents should he succeed in his bid to replace Derrick Smith as member of parliament on March 5.

Clarke, who was speaking on Sunday at a JLP Area Council One meeting, where he was formally announced as the party's pick for the seat, said that he was coming to the table with an open mind and an open heart.

"One of the things I plan to do as your member of parliament for St Andrew North West is help the communities here," the soon-to-be candidate told JLP supporters at the Pembroke Hall Community Centre on Sunday.

"I am not a messiah, but I know a little thing about business and working together. We can make our communities better, we can make our communities stronger," he further stated.

According to Clarke, who is now an ambassador at large in the Holness administration, he offered himself because he wanted to "fight the good fight".

He also mentioned that working together with Prime Minister Andrew Holness over the past decade has nudged him to dabble in the rough sport of politics.

Clarke told Labourites he was on a mission to advance the quality of life of the people of the area.

"We are for the poor and we want to fight against poverty. We want to fight the forces that will keep our people in ignorance. We want to fight corruption in all its forms. We want to fight for justice. We want to fight for opportunity; we want to fight for prosperity," Clarke said.

"I will be walking throughout the constituency and I look forward to spending time with all of you, getting to know all of you ... spending time in your homes, spending time on the road, spending time at the community centre and the church," he added.