Holness Remains at JLP Leader after Confidence-vote


Andrew Holness, has survived as Opposition Leader following a vote this afternoon by Members of Parliament at the Labour Party’s Belmont Road Headquarters in St. Andrew.

In a secret ballot, Mr. Holness reportedly won 13 of the 20 votes cast by the Opposition MPs present.

The only absent MP was JC Hutchinson of North West St. Elizabeth.

Moving together as one!

That’s the word from Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives Derrick Smith, coming out of today’s parliamentary vote of confidence in Andrew Holness.

Mr. Smith declined to confirm word from several of Nationwide News sources in the meeting who indicated that there was a secret ballot of the Opposition MPs.

13 MPs reportedly voted in favor of Mr. Holness remaining Opposition Leader and 7 against. JC Hutchinson sent his vote in writing. Mr. Holness did not vote.

Heading into the meeting this morning our sources indicated that Mr. Chuck and his colleague Opposition MP’s Daryl Vaz,  Gregory Mair, Marissa Darymple Phillibert, James Robertson, Audley Shaw and Rudyard Spencer were the seven likely to go against Holness remaining as Opposition Leader.

As they left the meeting all 7, including Mr. Shaw declined to comment saying Mr. Smith would speak on their behalf.

Among those who also declined to give details on today’s meeting were Edmund Bartlett, Desmond McKenzie and Karl Samuda.

Mr. Bartlett insisted that the JLP is now united.

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.