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JLP Standing Committee meeting cancelled

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer



The Jamaica Labour Party last night cancelled the Standing Committee meeting in the aftermath of last week’s chaotic session, with political activities intensifying in the public domain.




The absence of what has become a weekly staple of the party that, has prompted heightened speculation that the JLP leadership was moving to stave off another disruptive showdown.



It has also prompted frenzied talks in the JLP that deputy leader for Area Three Council, Audley Shaw on his return to the island tomorrow, will formally announce his intention to challenge Andrew Holness for leadership in November.



A Belmont Road source said a decision was made to call off the meeting because tension was uncomfortably high after last week’s blowout involving prominent members, including Holness, deputy leader for Area Council One, Desmond McKenzie, and former JLP General Secretary Aundre Franklin.



JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang conceded that the decision to cancel the

meeting was sudden, but played down its significance noting that Parliament is on summer break.



Chang confirmed late yesterday that he is scheduled to meet Shaw when he returns to the island tomorrow.



However, he stressed that the impending meeting was in no way related to the cancellation of the meeting.



While other senior members appear to be backing Holness, the bulk of the youth arm is lining up in Shaw’s corner as they accuse their youthful leader of sidelining them and being paranoid.



It is understood that financial backers have also lined up behind Shaw, forcing the Holness team to scuttle for funding, ahead of the November annual conference.



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