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Next year more appropriate for JLP leadership challenge, says Grange

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor Radio

Jamaica Labour Party MP for St Catherine Central Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says she believes next year November would be a better time for the party to have a leadership challenge if it must have one.

Speaking on Nationwide News Network this morning, Grange said it was painful to see the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) going through another leadership challenge when it should be rebuilding.

She made the comments as she explained her anger and public utterances since the announcement that JLP deputy leader, Audley Shaw, was considering to challenge Andrew Holness for the top job in the party.

Grange revealed that when Bruce Golding stepped down as leader in 2011 she had seen Audley Shaw as the best person to take the party through the transitional period.

She said even after canvassing and finding that Holness had most of the support she still insisted that Holness wait and allow Shaw to lead.

However, Miss Grange says there has been a circle within the party that has been constantly seeking to undermine Holness since he became leader.

She says Holness should be given time to prove himself before anyone challenges him.

Party leader, Andrew Holness, has had to step in to try to defuse tensions emerging as a result of a possible leadership challenge.

Holness reportedly met with Grange yesterday and with Joan Gordon-Webley this morning.

Grange has accused Gordon-Webley of tearing apart the party by encouraging Shaw to challenge Holness.

Holness has also asked the Chairman of the Party’s Electoral Commission, George Soutar, to review all recent public statements related to the possible challenge to ensure they are in line with the standards of the Party.

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