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JLP heavyweights closing ranks around Holness

Published:Monday | August 26, 2013 | 8:16 AM

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party Leader Andrew Holness is getting support from the party’s hierarchy amid a possible leadership challenge by Area Council Three chairman Audley Shaw.

Members of Parliament Pearnel Charles, Everald Warmington, Babsy Grange, Shahine Robinson, and Andrew Wheatley used a party meeting in South Central St Catherine last night to register their allegiance.

Sharon Hay Webster, the caretaker for the constituency also declared her support for Holness.

Holness, who was also at the meeting said he was not new to challenges neither is he afraid of them.

He has cautioned party supporters to be careful of empty promises from those seeking to lead them.

At another JLP meeting in Frankfield yesterday, Shaw said should he decide to challenge Holness, he would run a clean campaign.

Yesterday, Shaw announced that he would not be seeking reelection as the chairman of the JLP Area Council Three.

This move has further cemented the belief that he will be challenging Holness as a candidate can only vie for one post.

On Saturday, Shaw, in a letter to Party Chairman Robert Montague said he was considering challenging Holness but first needed to consult with key party delegates and workers before making a decision.


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