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Holness did not snub Shaw's National Award ceremony, says Grange

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2013 | 7:52 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Senior member of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange is insisting Opposition Leader Andrew Holness did not snub yesterday’s National Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s House.

Grange represented Holness at the ceremony where his challenger for the JLP's upcoming leadership election, Audley Shaw, was invested in the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander.

She told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that she could not comment on the reasons for the JLP leader's absence except that he was unable to attend the function.

However, she said there was nothing unusual in the absence, adding that Holness had sent congratulatory messages to Shaw and Dr Fenton Ferguson who also received a national award yesterday.

Grange said no link should be made between Holness’ absence and Shaw’s receipt of the award.

Shaw and Ferguson were honoured for 20 years of distinguished service to Parliament.

Holness also missed a ceremony at the National Heroes Park yesterday.

Grange has declared her support for Holness in the upcoming leadership election to be held on November 10.


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