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Bartlett says he remains committed to the JLP, no plans to quit

Published:Friday | November 15, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

There is no indication that Audley Shaw or Edmund Bartlett will be in Andrew Holness' shadow Cabinet any time soon.

However, for Bartlett, arguably, one of the most experienced political campaigners in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), quitting is not an option at this time.

He asserts that while he has rejected the offer to shadow the foreign affairs portfolio, he has no intention of walking away from the political arena in which he has spent more than half of his life.

He says he remains a committed, fervent and loyal member of the JLP, who is driven by the need for the return of this great party to state power.

Bartlett suggested that the absence of a portfolio responsibility does not mean the end of political life for him.

He says he intends to play a vital role in enabling a reunification and rebuilding of the JLP to prepare it for the next General Election.

He stressed that not being in Holness' Shadow Cabinet will not prevent him from doing his part to create the unity that the party deserves and that is needed to prepare it for state power.

Bartlett says he has grown impatient of inefficiencies and visionless directions and expressed disappointment with the developments in the party in relation to the nomination row for two deputy leaders as well the senatorial impasse in the aftermath of the leadership election.


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