Audley Shaw no show at JLP Standing Committee meeting
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) deputy leader, Audley Shaw did not attend the party’s Standing Committee meeting last night.
The regular Monday night meeting of the party’s senior members has not gone smoothly in recent weeks following the August 13 chaotic meeting at Belmont Road.
A week later on August 19, the committee meeting was cancelled in what some believed was an attempt to stave off another disruptive showdown should a leadership challenge materialise.
Shaw has given notice that he is considering mounting a challenge against Andrew Holness for the top job in the 70-year-old party.
He told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last night that he was unable to attend.
In a post from his Twitter account last night, Shaw said “the people are warming to the ide a … . The people are becoming energised… Democracy is a good thing.”
However, it has not been a smooth period since making his intentions known.
The deputy leader has been criticised by supporters of Holness as being a poor performing area council leader.
On Sunday, Everald Warmington accused Shaw of poor leadership credentials and asserted that the JLP deputy leader has not met the minimum standards to run for the post of party leader.
The South West St Catherine Member of Parliament argued that Shaw’s low margin of victory in the last general election will not allow him to carry out the duties expected of a leader and this could result in a victorious JLP being led by a leader who cannot sit in Parliament.
At a meeting in Mandeville on Sunday, Shaw said he is mentally prepared to lead the JLP and Jamaica.
Holness has said he welcomes any challenge.
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