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Resignations continue to flow in from Shaw supporters

Published:Monday | November 11, 2013 | 12:45 PM

At least one Audley Shaw supporter has said he does not wish to be considered for appointment to the new shadow cabinet following the Jamaica Labour Party’s internal elections yesterday.

Party leader, Andrew Holness staved off a strong challenge from Shaw yesterday, polling 2,704 votes to Shaw's 2,012.

As expected resignations from the shadow cabinet have been flowing in from Shaw’s supporters.

However, one of them, Delroy Chuck, says he does not wish to be reappointed to any post at this time.

This morning a slew of resignation letters written to Holness were released to the media.

The first came from Shaw, who said he was tendering his resignation as Shadow Minister of Finance, Planning, Growth and Economic Development, to give Holness a free hand to select a team in which he has confidence going forward.

This was closely followed by a letter from Gregory Mair stating that he would resign as spokesman for industry, commerce and energy.

Opposition Spokesperson on Education and Human Resources, Marisa Dalrymple Philibert, and spokesman on National Security and Justice, and Electoral Matters, Delroy Chuck have also resigned from those posts.

Chuck has also resigned as Leader of Opposition Business.

And he has indicated to Holness that he does not wish to be considered for any position in a new shadow cabinet at this time.

He said this decision stems from his desire to ease the tension within the ranks of the JLP.

Edmund Bartlett has also resigned as tourism and travel service development spokesman while Dr Christopher Tufton has relinquished his role as spokesman on foreign affairs, foreign trade and investments.

Daryl Vaz has also resigned as the spokesman on ICT and Digital Society Development, from which he was already taken a leave of absence.

In their letters to Holness, the Audley Shaw supporters also congratulated him on his win and wished him all the best for the future.

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