Westmoreland Western MP labels Opposition leader’s statement as ‘disappointing’
WESTMORELAND, Jamaica – Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Western, Morland Wilson, has described recent statements made by the Leader of the Opposition, Mark Golding as disappointing, reckless, and enemy of the truth.
In a release on Tuesday, Wilson said it is “shameful” that after 30 years representing the people of Westmoreland, the Opposition leader was unable to share “notable or tangible developments that the PNP executed under their stewardship” during that time.
He further noted that growth and development in Westmoreland was stifled as a result of the PNP’s “poor leadership and poor representation.”
“Under the PNP growth and development of Westmoreland and its people, was stifled by the poor leadership and poor representation. This despite its political representatives holding significant roles such as prime minister, minister of water and minister of agriculture,” his statement read. “Despite these impactful roles at the election of 2020 half of Westmoreland was still without potable water. Negril as a tourist attraction was left underdeveloped. Agriculture was on the decline with over 3,000 job losses in the sugar industry.”
Wilson went on to note that as member of parliament his aim is to support the efforts of the people of Westmoreland who he says are seeking to build a future. He further expressed that through “lobbying, advocacy and representation over the past 28 months…the JLP has been able to make significant improvements.”
Addressing a crowd of supporters at Manning’s School in Westmoreland on Sunday night, Golding criticised the parliamentarians who won on a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ticket in the last general election, emphasising their lack of vocal participation in the house. He expressed disappointment in the representation of Westmoreland in Parliament, stating that the elected members are rarely heard during sessions.
“What the people of Westmoreland have now representing them in Gordon House is undeserving of this great parish,” Golding stated.
“I haven’t heard any of them say a word in parliament. I don’t know what they sound like when they talk. They are there, I believe, most of the time,” he remarked.