Two more senior JLP members back Shaw as leader
Two more senior Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) members have announced their support for Audley Shaw, who is set to mount a challenge for the leadership of the party.
Member of Parliament for South Trelawny, Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert, says after long and careful analysis of the circumstances facing the JLP and the country, she is supporting Shaw to lead the JLP.
In a release from Shaw's team this morning, Dalrymple-Philibert says the JLP is in need of strong, decisive and visionary leadership, which centres on rebuilding and reviving the party.
She says the party needs to strengthen its touch with the grassroots and effectively communicate its vision for Jamaica.
She adds that her decision to support Shaw was also influenced by his leadership as finance minister during the global economic crisis.
Edmund Bartlett, who helped to launch the political career of the incumbent Andrew Holness 20 years ago, has also revealed that he is backing Shaw for the leadership of the JLP.
Bartlett says there is currently a stronger call for the party to examine others for the leadership position and that has influenced his support for Shaw in the upcoming election.
However, Bartlett says he has not written off Holness as a brilliant leader for the future. He says his decision to support Shaw came after prolonged consideration.
He says the impending contest highlights the need to revisit the issue of separating the position of party leader from that of opposition leader or prime minister.
In a Sunday Gleaner article last week, Holness acknowledged that it was Bartlett who introduced him to then JLP leader, Edward Seaga, in 1992.
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