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Grassroot supporters, senior JLP officials witness launch of Shaw leadership campaign

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Deputy leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Audley Shaw, this afternoon launched his campaign to the lead the party.

Shaw launched his bid at a meeting at the Manchester High School in Mandeville, Manchester attended by hundreds of supporters, several senior party members as well as stalwarts.

Dubbed "Road to Victory" Shaw made the case for his campaign, pointing to his more than two decades as a successful politician and his achievements as a Minister of Finance during the country's and the world's worst economic crisis in 70 years.

Sticking several pins into his rival, the incumbent JLP leader Andrew Holness' leadership, he outlined his vision for a united and revitalised JLP.

Shaw used the platform to challenge Holness to a national debate on matters of national importance ahead of the election on November 10.

In addition to his vision for the party, Shaw outlined several social, political and economic initiatives he would implement if he were to be eventually become prime minister.

Criticising the current People's National Party administration, he said there was a need for a robust Ministry of Investment and Economic Development and urgent public sector reform to curtail bureaucracy.

Pointing to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, the JLP veteran cautioned the PNP administration about closing the Junior Stock Exchange, noting that there was a need for the country to promote equity investment.

Shaw also reiterated the need for campaign financing laws and the need for term limits for both political party leaders and prime ministers, but in a fierce stab at Holness, said JLP party leaders should be appointed by delegates only.


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