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Audley Shaw to announce decision on leadership bid this week

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2013 | 1:12 PM

Horace Fisher, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters are likely to know this week whether deputy leader, Audley Shaw will be mounting a challenge for the party’s top position in November.

Addressing delegates last night in James Hill in northern Clarendon, Shaw said he would announce his decision when he wrapped up consultations with delegates in Portland, St Ann and St James this week.

The meetings are scheduled to be completed by Wednesday.

The North Manchester Member of Parliament says he has held consultations in 10 parishes across the island and has been receiving overwhelming support from delegates.

However, he warned supporters that immediate steps would have to be taken to repair the party, failing which the JLP should prepare to lose the next general election.

Tempers have been flaring among supporters of both Holness and Shaw since news emerged that Shaw could be challenging Holness come November.

Last Monday, supporters of Holness marched on the party headquarters on Belmont Road in New Kingston, denouncing Shaw’s intent to challenge the party leader.

There have also been public squabbles between senior party members, notably Olivia Grange, who supports Holness and Joan Gordon-Webley, a supporter of Shaw over the impending challenge.

Shaw will head to South East Clarendon this afternoon in his series of consultations with JLP delegates.


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