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Tufton urges Labourites to reconnect with disaffected voters

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer editorial @jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012    

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HOPEWELL, Hanover - DEPUTY Leader of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Christopher Tufton has urged party supporters to reconnect with the growing number of persons who have withdrawn from the political process.

"We must accept the reality that too many Jamaicans have taken themselves away from the political process. So, even though the PNP (People's National Party) is messing up, they (the public) are looking at the JLP in a way as if they are shy... we cannot win an election that way," said Dr Tufton.

He said going forward, the party will not just have to build a united team, but will need constructive ideas to re-engage those Jamaicans who are turned off from the political process.

"Find your neighbours and your friends, talk to them, get their ideas and the suggestions and feed it back into the party... We have to reach out and re-engage them; talk to them and let them believe in us again," Dr Tufton urged.

He was speaking recently at the JLP Area Council 4 meeting at the Bethel All-Age and Junior High School in Hopewell, Hanover.

He stressed that the party must put itself in a position that will enable it to take back control of Government and to provide sound leadership.

"We have to position ourselves in a way that prepares us to take control of Government, but not just taking control of Government, but to provide sound leadership to advance this country forward. It is going to take all of us to come together and work together," he argued.



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