Opposition to name spokespersons today

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is to present its slate of shadow spokespersons at a press conference scheduled for this morning at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on West Kings House Road in Kingston.

It was expected that the Opposition Leader Andrew Holness would have revealed the names of spokespersons yesterday, however, the party issued a release late in the afternoon stating that this would be done today.

The Opposition will also use the press conference to announce the names of those who will be appointed to chair various parliamentary committees.

Under the JLP-led administration former Prime Minister Bruce Golding had made it possible for Opposition members of the House to chair a number of parliamentary committees.

With three former government ministers and one state minister having lost their bid to be re-elected to the Lower House of Parliament in the December 29 polls, it is highly speculated that there could be a number of new faces being given responsibilities for some portfolios.

It is expected that the Holness-led Opposition will have a much smaller slate of shadow spokespersons, compared to the Portia Simpson Miller-led executive, which consists of 20 ministers. The JLP lost the December 29 general election to the People's National Party by 21 to 42.

The former ministers who lost their seats are Dr Christopher Tufton, who had the industry and investment portfolio; Robert Montague, who was responsible for agriculture; and Clive Mullings who held the energy portfolio. Othneil Lawrence, who failed in his bid to be returned as a second-term MP, held the junior minister position in the Ministry of Transport and Works.

Former senator Dwight Nelson, who served as minister of national security, lost in his bid to win a parliamentary seat and was not renamed to the Senate.




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