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Holness, Shaw camps announce new support as leadership campaign nears end
2013-10-27 17:48:28 | (0 Comments)
As the the race for leadership of the 70-year-old Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) intensifies, both the incumbent leader and leader-aspirant, today announced new endorsements for their candidacies.
Former president of the JLP young professional affiliate, Generation 2000, Delano Seiveright today made public his support for Audley Shaw's candidacy.
In an email this morning to supporters at a conference dubbed 'Youth for Audley Shaw', Seiveright said the youth support for Shaw is based on meritocracy. He says Shaw embodies the qualities and experience urgently required to transform the party.
Seiveright adds that Shaw's service as a public servant, including his experience as Minister of Finance and as an opposition member of parliament for many years, positions him as the best person to lead the JLP at this time.
According to Seiveright, Shaw's ability to re-energise the base of the party since announcing his candidacy is evidence of his communication and team building skills. He says there is no viable alternative to Shaw at this time.
And G2K vice president, Simon Sangster and general secretary, Lionel Myrie have also announced their support for Shaw's candidacy.
Sangster says the party is in need of a leader "who is not afraid to take the necessary risks in the best interest of the country"; while Myrie says Shaw has the Shaw has the skills and experience to lead the party.
Meanwhile, Holness' camp today announced that it has received the support of two prominent West Portland councillors, Floyd Patters and former Mayor of Port Antonio, Rupert Kelly. This is despite West Portland MPs Daryl Vaz declaring his support for Shaw.
Team Holness says it has also received the support of an overwhelming majority of councillors and councillor caretakers from St Mary, St Thomas, Portland and St Catherine.
Kelly, as a former Mayor of Port Antonio, says he is convinced Holness can transform the political landscape and move persons to join the political process. He says Holness deserves more time to implement reform initiatives.
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