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Area Council Four backing Holness

Published:Tuesday | August 27, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Area Council Four of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has reportedly passed a resolution giving full support to party leader, Andrew Holness.

The Resolution was reportedly passed yesterday.

The Area Council Four resolution is reportedly designed to reduce the friction and division that would normally result from an electoral contest and to promote unity in the party.

Three pivotal members of the JLP represent seats in Area Council Four.

They are General Secretary Dr Horace Chang, Edmund Bartlett, who is off the island, as well as Dr Christopher Tufton, the caretaker for South West St Elizabeth, who lost the seat in 2011.

Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, the Member of Parliament for Southern Trelawny, which is also located in Area Council Four, said she remains undecided.

However, she says she is troubled by the hostilities that surfaced at two area council meetings addressed by Holness and possible challenger Audley Shaw at the weekend.

Members aligned to Shaw’s camp complained yesterday that senior party members were manoeuvring to frustrate a face-off with Holness in November at the party’s annual conference.

However, the charge has been dismissed by members of the region, who said nominations are made from the floor of conference each year, allowing persons to elect a leader and four deputy leaders of the party.

The pace of political activities intensified yesterday as JLP members huddled to fine-tune strategies in the aftermath of the package of explosive Area Council meetings on the weekend.


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