JLP MPs to be briefed on court issue tonightMonday, February 09, 2015
BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter, email@example.com
Derrick Smith has called a meeting of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) members of parliament for tonight at Belmont Road to discuss the issues related to Friday's Constitutional Court declaration in the Senate resignation letters saga.
But Smith told the Jamaica Observer last night that the objective of the meeting is to "fully brief" the MPs on the advice received by the party on the judgement, and not to make a decision on the future of Opposition Leader Andrew Holness.
"I have invited them to a meeting starting 7:00 pm at Belmont Road, at which they will be briefed on the ruling," Smith said.
Smith called the meeting in response to a letter he received from Opposition MP Delroy Chuck (North Eastern St Andrew), who is demanding that Holness resign over the court decision.
Chuck claimed in his letter that in the Westminster System of Government, any constitutional office holder, whom the court rules or declares to act unlawfully and unconstitutionally would be obliged to tender his/her resignation, unless there are good and compelling reasons not to do so.
Two meetings were held between yesterday morning and early afternoon at the JLP headquarters on Belmont Road, Kingston.
The new Council of Elders, led by Dr Kenneth Baugh, met for the first time in the morning, and was updated on the court declaration.
Party insiders said in addition to Baugh, that meeting was attended by Holness, Smith, Audley Shaw, Karl Samuda, Ed Bartlett, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Dr Horace Chang, Mike Henry, and Pearnel Charles.
The party's shadow cabinet also had its first meeting since being announced last Wednesday, but did not deal with the court issue at all.
However, the matter was expected to be addressed at last night's weekly meeting of the powerful Standing Committee, the highest decision-making body outside of the party's annual conference, said a release issued by the JLP late last night.