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No bad blood between Peter Phillips and PM

Tuesday, February 04, 2014    

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PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller says finance minister and the man who challenged her in a bruising contest for the leadership of the People's National Party (PNP), has her full support and that of the Cabinet.

Asked if there was any residual bad blood between her and Dr Peter Phillips, Simpson Miller said no: "He has the full support of his prime minister and the Cabinet, to pursue a path to ensure we can pay our debt and get the country out of this difficult economic situation, so that your children and their children will not have to go through what we are going through again... ever in Jamaica."

Phillips had the full backing of her Cabinet for the work he had to do in sticking with the IMF (International Monetary Fund) programme. "It is a joined-up effort of every ministry and every minister," she said in an interview, the full report of which the Jamaica Observer will begin publishing tomorrow.

Phillips and Simpson Miller were among four candidates who contested the PNP leadership in February 2006 to succeed P J Patterson as party president and prime minister. The others were Dr Omar Davies and Dr Karl Blythe. Phillips also mounted a second challenge for leadership in July 2008, two years into Simpson Miller's first prime ministerial tenure.

Simpson Miller added that she and Phillips worked well together politically, noting: "He is my neighbour, so we work well together. His (East Central St Andrew) constituency is adjoining my (Southwest St Andrew) constituency."

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