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Bartlett an accessible MP

Published:Friday | March 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I saw a letter to the editor last week lambasting Jamaica Labour Party representatives in St James for not being contactable and failing to attend a citizens' association meeting. I want to take this opportunity to share experiences I have had with Member of Parliament Ed Bartlett in particular.

On more than four occasions in the last eight years, I have had reason to work with Mr Bartlett on community issues, including the typical concerns about roads, water and crime.

I have had the most gracious experience on all occasions and want to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Bartlett for being a most accessible, polite and hard-working politician, even though, sadly, I am not on the voters' list.

He has always gone beyond the call of duty to have our problems addressed; furthermore, I know it must have been difficult all these years, as he was an opposition MP at first, and a very busy minister in his second term.

In the end, I believe it important that citizens make an honest effort in contacting their MP when they have issues. MPs, to my knowledge, have a constituency office with at least one secretary on staff. Ed Bartlett, to my knowledge, has two functioning and very well-located constituency offices.

As we strive to improve our communities, let us all work hand in hand with our MPs and be ever mindful of the obvious stress that these MPs are under on a day-to-day basis, dealing with a plethora of brutal infrastructure and societal challenges.


St James