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'Let us put aside party politics'

Hylton calls for bi-partisan approach on critical issues

Balford Henry

Monday, May 13, 2013    

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GOVERNMENT backbencher and Member of Parliament for Eastern St Andrew Andre Hylton says the time has come for both sides of Parliament to agree on critical issues on which they can work together in the interest of the country.

"We have, over the years, on both sides, spoken volumes of the need for all organs of society, including the Opposition, to work together on critical issues that we must agree on. The time has come for both sides to sit down and work out some basic principles on which we all must agree," Hylton told the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

"Crime and violence reduction, health, education and the justice system are areas on which we can find common ground. If we can agree on these issues, then let us put aside party politics and produce joint communiqués to signal to the country that we can subsume our respective party's interests in the furtherance of our country's development," Hylton said, in his contribution to the sectoral debate.

He stated that the prime minister has made clear her willingness to incorporate constructive ideas from the other of the House, or anywhere else in the society in formulating policies. He said this was a very progressive approach in dealing with the challenges facing the country, and showing commitment to forging meaningful dialogue across the floor for a common cause.

"Greed and self-interest must now take a backseat to preservation of our country's integrity and forward mobility. Failure, Mr Speaker, is not an option.

"We have much to offer to this global nation. I would like to affirm that I am part of a new generation of politicians who stand ready to work with all, for the benefit of my constituents and our beloved country," Hylton told the House.

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