JLP was 'sold a dummy'

Supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party at a
party rally recently. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTOS)

Dear Editor, A popular term used in football matches when a wily forward sends the opposing defender the wrong way is "being sold a dummy", and that is exactly what the People's National Party (PNP) has done to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). And, man, they have really bought it! I knew from day ... Read More

Supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party at a
party rally recently. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTOS) Debate on campaign financing begins in Lower House
LEADER of Government business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, said Tuesday that t ... Read More

Minister of
Finance and
Planning Dr
Peter Phillips
and Sandals
Resorts and
Gordon ‘Butch’
Stewart share a
light discussion
at Tuesday’s
news luncheon
at the
WELLINGTON) Gov't promises new deal for agriculture, if re-elected
The ruling People's National Party (PNP) is clear on its targets if it is re-elected to office. "A ... Read More

SAMUDA... At a time where national hospitals struggle with
purchasing antibacterial soap and medical gowns; at a time
where the police are crying out for greater resources to battle
this crime surge, the PNP Administration has felt the need to
further gamble with our collective health and safety with a
proverbial slap in the face to the nation. $152-m fencing project at National Heroes' Park a 'wicked act' — G2K
THE Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) youth arm, Generation 2000 (G2K) last week described Government's pla ... Read More

Tufton urges political maturity to counter voter apathy

Monday, November 16, 2015    

TUFTON… political parties unwilling to identify areas of
common national interest and build on those gains regardless
of which party was responsible for them

OPPOSITION Senator Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday argued that growing voter apathy can be countered by a display of political maturity by politicians and suggested that any such demonstration would redound to the benefit of the country and its political parties. "Political parties have not been willing to identify areas of common national interests and accept, where necessary, that they are willing to build on those gains that have been made as a country, irrespective of if they were not the i ... Read More

Not yet!

BY PETE SANKEY AND ALPHEA SAUNDERS | Friday, November 13, 2015    

BURKE… party to hold mass rally in Portmore Sunday instead of a conference.
CHANG… focus is on campaign.

THE date for the next general election will not be announced on Sunday. There was speculation that the ruling People's National Party (PNP) would be announcing the date for the election at a rally in Half-Way-Tree, the St Andrew capital. However, Paul Burke, the general secretary of the PNP, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the party will hold a mass rally Sunday in Portmore, St Catherine but said he is not expecting party president, Portia Simpson Miller, to announce the date for the ... Read More

Ferguson escapes censure motion in House

Thursday, November 12, 2015    

been reassigned to
the Ministry of
Labour and Social

DOZENS of constituents of former Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson descended on the precincts of Gordon House Tuesday noisily expressing support for their embattled member of Parliament (MP), who was shifted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security earlier in the day. But, there was no need for the presence of the constituents, dressed in Dr Ferguson's election T-shirts, because Leader of the House of Representatives Phillip Paulwell, threw out the Opposition's bid to censure him for his ... Read More

Despite their many faults, it's still the PNP

BY RICHARD HUGH BLACKFORD | Monday, November 02, 2015    

A scene from the People’s National Party’s recent annual conference.

ACCORDING to a news source, the president of the People's National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller is within a smidgen of sounding the trumpet. It is said that key support personnel are now on a high state of alert in preparation for a mass meeting in the Half-Way-Tree square from whence she will "fly di gate" for Jamaica's 13th national general election, and her second as leader of the PNP. The PNP has begun the march of its preparation caravan with mass meetings being held at strategic poin ... Read More

Trelawny Northern Labourites say Smith’s resignation was inevitable

Thursday, October 29, 2015    

(L) SMITH...
last week.
(R) MEADOWS... Unsuccessfully
contested the seat in the 2007
and 2011 general elections.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — LABOURITES in Trelawny Northern say they were not surprised last week when Ernest Smith, the party's standard-bearer in the constituency, announced that hewas walking away from the seat. According to the JLP supporters, several of whom are members of the Trelawny Northern JLP executive, the former South West St Ann Member of Parliament was not visible in the constituency. "I live in the Clark's Town area of the constituency and from Mr Smith became the caretaker, I h ... Read More

It’s a White for Trelawny seat

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 26, 2015    

(L-R) JP WHITE ... has roots
in the constituency. PATRICK WHITE ... has made Trelawny
his home for 24 years

ONE of two candidates with the surname White will represent the ruling People's National Party (PNP) in the Trelawny Northern seat in the next general election, impeccable Jamaica Observer sources have said. The seat, now held by Attorney General Patrick Atkinson, has been under the microscope in recent weeks, as speculation intensifies that there will be a new man in charge when the polls close. Atkinson has got mixed responses from constituents over his stewardship of the seat which he won o ... Read More

JLP's Ernest Smith walks away from Trelawny seat

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 26, 2015    

(L-R) SMITH... I deeply regret having to take this drastic action. MEADOWS... beaten by Attorney General Patrick Atkinson in 2011

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is searching for a new standard-bearer for the constituency of Trelawny Northern, following the resignation of prominent attorney-at-law Ernest Smith last weekend. Smith's resignation letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Jamaica Observer, comes weeks after Labourites in the constituency called on the party's hierarchy to find a replacement for the former South West St Ann Member of Parliament, whom they claimed was doin ... Read More

PNP presents its eight candidates in Region Five

Monday, October 26, 2015    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The leadership of the ruling People's National Party's (PNP) Region Five (St Elizabeth and Manchester) yesterday formally introduced all eight candidates for the next general election to executive members of the region. Those introduced by Region Five chairman Mikael Phillips included Hugh Buchanan, member of Parliament for St Elizabeth South Western who narrowly held off an internal challenge last month and Evon Redman who has displaced sitting MP for St Elizabeth Nor ... Read More

Malahoo Forte shows letter at JLP meeting

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 26, 2015    

Marlene Malahoo Forte speaks at a JLP rally in Westmoreland last evening.

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Opposition senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, who was suspended from Friday's sitting of the Senate, displayed a copy of the letter from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), which in 2010 offered to sit in Jamaica on certain conditions. The JLP senator was suspended from the Senate on Friday for failing to produce a copy of the letter. "I held up the letter in Parliament, I read from the letter in Parliament and they are giving the people the imp ... Read More

Senator, former Miss Ja to replace Peter Blake in St Andrew East Rural

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 25, 2015    

DUNCAN PRICE … has accepted
party’s offer to replace Blake

THE ruling People's National Party (PNP) has decided to replace businessman Peter Blake with Government Senator Imani Duncan Price in the St Andrew East Rural constituency for the next general election expected within weeks, the Jamaica Observer can reveal. Duncan Price, 38, was asked by members of the party's hierarchy to take charge of the constituency last week, after rumours emerged that Blake, who defeated incumbent Member of Parliament Damion Crawford in a selection race recently, would n ... Read More



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