Corruption Pushing Lloyd B Out


Government MP, Lloyd B Smith, says corruption in the PNP-administration and the wider society has forced him to reconsider his future in representational politics.

The Central St. James MP says he’ll shortly tell Prime Minister and PNP President Portia Simpson Miller whether he intends to contest the next General Election.

Dennis Brooks reports:

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Nationwide News sources say Mr. Smith is considering his future as he and key members of the governing party are at odds.

Contacted this afternoon the Central St. James MP said he’ll decide his future in two weeks time.

Mr. Smith says corruption in the wider society, including the Government, is among the reasons he’s contemplating stepping aside.

In December 2011, Mr. Smith overcame the JLP’s Heroy Clarke by 98 votes in the General Election.

Meantime .. as word is circulating that Lloyd B. Smith is on his way out as MP for Central St. James, some PNP delegates in constituency say they’ve asked western Jamaica-based attorney, Ashley-Ann Foster, to consider being the PNP’s flag bearer for the area.

Efforts this afternoon to contact Miss Foster were unsuccessful.

But Nationwide News sources say on Sunday, Foster indicated in writing that she does not intend to seek re-election as Chairman of the PNP’s East Central St. James constituency executive or apply to be the party standard bearer for that seat.

It’s understood that Miss Foster will be vying to replace Mr. Smith as the PNP’s standard bearer for Central St. James.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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