Phillips Mum on Bunting Challenging Him For Party President In September


The President of the People’s National Party, PNP, Dr Peter Phillips, is refusing to dismiss the possibility of him being challenged by Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, for the leadership of the party.

Sources say a high-level meeting was convened early this week between Dr. Phillips and Mr Bunting, amid growing speculation in the PNP that Bunting is getting ready to challenge Phillips for the presidency of the 81-year old political organization.

Allies of Dr. Phillips told our news centre on the weekend that the Opposition Leader intended to use the meeting to offer Mr. Bunting the role of Campaign Director for the next General Elections, which are constitutionally due in 2021.

Dr. Phillips’ supporters say if Mr. Bunting declined the role, the PNP president could advise the next meeting of the party’s powerful National Executive Council, NEC, that he’s in a battle for the leadership.

Nationwide News spoke with Dr Phillips yesterday. He confirmed the meeting with Mr. Bunting but wouldn’t deny the possibility of a leadership challenge.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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