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I'm willing to help, defeated Shaw tells Holness

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2013 | 2:33 PM

Defeated Jamaica Labour Party leadership contender Audley Shaw has told the incumbent Andrew Holness that he is willing to help to continue to build the Jamaica Labour Party.

Holness, 41, trounced the 61-year-old Shaw polling 2,704 votes to the 2,012 received by Shaw.

Immediately after party chairman Robert Montague announced the result at the National Arena, Shaw told Labourites that he will remain faithful to the party and that he was ready to support Holness:

"I am willing and ready to join with you, to build back the Jamaica Labour Party, to bring back love to the Jamaica Labour Party," he said.

Shaw continued: "This is a great day for democracy in the Jamaica Labour Party, I want to congratulate the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party Mr Andrew Holness."

"We have been re-energized and we are showing to all of Jamaica that we are a democratic Jamaica Labour Party," the outgoing deputy leader said.

FACT FILE - Audley Shaw

Born June 13, 1952 in Christiana, Manchester.

Age: 61 years

·Entered representational politics in 1989, and lost the North West Clarendon seat to the People's National Party's Calvin Lyn.

· Served as a Senator between 1989-1993

· Entered Parliament in 1993, after winning the North East Manchester seat.

· Shadow Minister for Information and Culture, Public Utilities and Transport, Industry and Commerce, and for Finance and the

· Public service between 1997-2007.

· Served as chairman of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee, 1995-2000.

· Minister of Finance and Planning in the last Jamaica Labour Party administration, 2007-2011.

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