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Robinson now PNP general secretary-designate

Re-elected chairman of the People’s National Party (PNP) Robert Pickersgill (left) responds to questions put to him and other senior party officers following a meeting of the National Executive Council at the Versailles Hotel in May Pen, Clarendon yesterday. General secertary-designate, Julian Robinson (centre); and Anthony Hylton who was also re-elected as deputy chairman, also also photographed. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

Julian Robinson is to become the general secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP) when Paul Burke leaves the post at the next meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) on November 27. Burke, the man blamed for much of the PNP’s woes over the past several months, handed in hi ... Read More

(L-R) HANNA... PNP did not use youth to
project its election
message. NICHOLSON... accused Hanna of poor leadership Lisa fires back
Lisa Hanna yesterday accused senior People’s National Party (PNP) official AJ Nicholson of mak ... Read More

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NEW YORK, United States (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were meeting separately with I ... Read More

Senior PNP official says delegate vote shows party won’t reward failure
People’s National Party (PNP) official AJ Nicholson has said that Lisa Hanna’s defeat in ... Read More

Government engages youth in diaspora

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (fourth right), and Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks (fourth left) share a moment with a group of Jamaican students who attend Howard University in Washington, DC, USA, during a recent reception hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith says the Government has started to engage Jamaican youth within the diaspora on matters of mutual interest. Senator Johnson Smith said particular focus is being placed on facilitating greater input by the young people in the decision-making process in Jamaica. In this regard, she said her ministry was working to establish the appropriate platform that facilitates their full participation. & ... Read More

Angela, Lisa and political maths

Michael Burke | Thursday, September 22, 2016    

HANNA...lost in her bid for a vice-presidential post

So the excitement came to an end when the results of the leadership election in the People’s National Party (PNP) were known last Saturday evening. Most commentators expected Dr Karl Blythe to lose his bid for the PNP presidency, but some 800 delegates did not vote at all for a president. Was it because it was a foregone conclusion that Portia Simpson Miller would win? Was it to send a message that it is time Portia steps down? Or was it a little of both? In the race for the vice-presiden ... Read More

That will not hold in Parliament

Hugh Dunbar | Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Mike Henry

The recent muttering of the Opposition and uttering of the Government are beginning to remind me of my high school days, in third form no less, where response to any reasonable spoken question or comment between students, if a suitable rebuttal could not be found to the initial comment, is the response, “That will hold you.” That is what it appears to be in the noises being made between the Government and Opposition about the deportees. The two political parties are carrying on like ... Read More

PNP rejects renewal to its peril

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Robert Pickersgill, People’s National Party chairman

Dear Editor, The People’s National Party (PNP) delegates voted overwhelmingly last weekend in support of decades-old policies that have been tried, tested and failed. This is an obvious rejection of the proposed renewal of the party and can be interpreted as nothing else. The PNP is a political party in existence for 78 years, led by a 70-year-old, still seeking to flirt with the idea of socialism (or democratic socialism) in an era where power and control is cemented in the hands of ca ... Read More

Without renewal party will become irrelevant, PJ tells PNP

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor – publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 19, 2016    

Former Prime Minister and People’s National Party President PJ Patterson addressing yesterday’s closing seession of the party’s 78th annual conference. Patterson told them that renewal is necessary and said the party needed to embrace it or run the risk of becoming irrelevant. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Like a parent scolding an errant child, PJ Patterson yesterday warned the People’s National Party (PNP) that if it does not engage in renewal it runs the risk of becoming irrelevant and would lose its place in history. Patterson, who made it clear that he was not happy with the infighting in the party, also admonished Comrades who, by their reckless actions, were undermining the integrity of the 78-year-old PNP. Patterson has been a member of the party for more than three decades. He ros ... Read More

The true value of defeat

Monday, September 19, 2016    

People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller hugs defeated vice-presidential candidate Lisa Hanna after the party’s internal election yesterday inside the NAtional Arena in Kingston. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

If you have lived for any reasonable length of time you know about defeat. It’s a draining, disheartening thing. Many have simply given up after defeat. But there are those who grow stronger after losing, more sure-footed and hardened for future battles. If her words are anything to go by, Ms Lisa Hanna, a former Miss World — who at 41 remains a woman of uncommon beauty — is of the latter ilk. “The fire in my belly is just burning brighter because I am not giving up ... Read More

PNP reform

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor – publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 19, 2016    

People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller shakes hands with supporters as she leaves the public session of the party’s 78th annual conference at Jamaica College in St Andrew yesterday. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Portia Simpson Miller yesterday announced that she has instructed the People’s National Party (PNP) to establish a centralised system for election campaign donations after her predecessor, P J Patterson, made a strong recommendation for the measure at the public session of the Opposition party’s 78th annual conference. The disclosure comes as the party continues to grapple with a campaign funding scandal, which is now being investigated by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG). ... Read More

Low-keyed PNP conference of healing

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 19, 2016    

A placard-bearing Comrade at yesterday’s conference (Michael Gordon)

YESTERDAY’S public session of the Opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP’s) 78th Annual Conference was a shadow of previous stagings as Comrades continued to mull over recent rumblings within the organisation. The revelry that customarily accompanied the occasion was missing, even as busloads of orange-clad supporters converged on the grounds of Jamaica College in St Andrew. The venue, a shift from National Arena, was teeming with vendors hoping to benefit from scarc ... Read More

Sea of orange, music dominate PNP elections

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Staff reporter carterj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 18, 2016    

People’s National Party delegates go through security checks outside the National Arena in Kingston yesterday. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

Candidates Dr Fenton Ferguson, Angela Brown Burke, Lisa Hanna, Noel Arscott, and Wykeham McNeill who vied for the four vice-president positions were by no means as confident as their supporters yesterday who paraded through the National Stadium parking lot in candidate buttons, shirts, hats, and armbands, certain that by evening their preferred choices would be selected. It wasn’t just competition between party officials outside the National Arena, but also sound systems, as music blaste ... Read More

Portia, PNP vice-presidents focused on rebuilding as Blythe, Hanna defeated

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor – publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 18, 2016    

People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller hugs defeated vice-presidential candidate Lisa Hanna after the party’s internal election yesterday inside the NAtional Arena in Kingston. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Portia Simpson Miller last evening accepted her re-election as People’s National Party (PNP) president amidst gleeful shouts of “One leader!” from delegates who also decided that Dr Fenton Ferguson, Wykeham McNeill, Noel Arscott, and Angela Brown Burke should serve as vice-presidents. But even as the frenzied Comrades celebrated what many saw as a rejection of the renewal message pushed by defeated presidential candidate Dr Karl Blythe and vice-presidential hopeful Lisa Hanna, ... Read More



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