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JLP deputy gen sec decries release of election report

Published:Monday | November 4, 2013 | 2:09 PM

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) deputy general secretary Dr Andrew Wheatley has issued a statement decrying the release of the party’s Strategic Report on the 2011 elections to the media.



According to Wheatley, whoever released the report does not have the JLP at heart.



The report, published in The Sunday Gleaner yesterday highlights 25 reasons that contributed to the JLP’s loss at the polls months after Andrew Holness became party leader.



According to Wheatley, the release of the report raises serious concerns.



“The reportage validates suspicions the Leader has had about how often, and by what source, internal information finds its way to the media via party members who should have the best interest of the party at heart. We are very concerned that a report that should be used as a tool to reform and build the party is now being abused in the current leadership challenge”.



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Team JLP views with interest the release of what is purported to be the Independent Strategic Review Report of the Jamaica Labour Party.



Despite that however, it is clear from what was presented that Mr. Holness has been trustworthy, reliable and has a high degree of respect from within the party.



According to Deputy General Secretary of the JLP Dr. Andrew Wheatley, “I can guarantee you that that document did not come from us.



Whomever released such a document does not have the best interest of the JLP at heart”.



Dr Wheatley added that, “The reportage validates suspicions the Leader has had about how often, and by what source, internal information finds its way to the media via party members who should have the best interest of the party at heart. We are very concerned that a report that should be used as a tool to reform and build the party is now being abused in the current leadership challenge”.



“We hope that those who have prematurely released such a document, just as the leader announced that it would be distributed to the officers of the party, recognize that what they perceive will be to their political gain will be rejected by the delegates of the JLP.”



The JLP Deputy General Secretary said that based on his understanding, “the report was not written to lay blame but to chart a course forward for the JLP. We all know that we had issues during our time in office and if blame is to be allocated several of the persons now challenging would get a large share. We as a party must take responsibly and move forward as one organization”.




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