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COUNCILLOR Lee Clarke yesterday expressed disappointment at the expulsion of his colleague, Councillor Susan Senior, from Karl Samuda's constituency office, saying that the action was taken because she is supporting Audley Shaw's challenge for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leadership.
"I was shocked and taken aback by the way in which she has been treated," Clarke told the Jamaica Observer after Shaw presented his key policy priorities during a mid-morning function at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.
"Her books, documents and other things she had in the office were packed, put in a taxi and sent to her home," Clarke said, adding that the action was taken about nine days ago.
Senior opted not to speak about the issue that has raised eyebrows in the Shaw camp. However, she confirmed that prior to now she worked out of Samuda's office, from which he serves his St Andrew North Central constituency.
Senior's support for Shaw puts her on the opposite side of the leadership race, as Samuda is one of current party leader Andrew Holness's strongest supporters.
Yesterday, when the Observer contacted Samuda, he declined to comment on the matter.
Councillor Clarke said while he did not believe that Samuda was the person responsible for Senior's removal, the action "can't be good for the development of the community... [and] the party".
He described Senior as one of Samuda's key operatives in the community. "Mr Samuda depends on her. The constituency depends on her. She knows every delegate, candidate, worker by name and telephone number, which is an art," said Lee.
"She has energised the electoral system to the extent that you could say she commands the electoral system in that area," he argued.
"Everybody can't like each other, but we work together, that is why our slogan is 'bring back the love'," he said in reference to the message being preached by the
"This is a lady who has dedicated her life to the MP. When Mr Samuda was released of a ministerial post she was the one who led the demonstration against that decision," Lee said.
"I am hoping it can be resolved, because after this we have the PNP to deal with, and we cannot deal with the electoral system and that constituency fully and effectively without Councillor Senior," he added.