Phillips Says He’ll Consider Bringing A Third Party When Next He Meets PM Holness


Opposition Leader Dr. Phillips, says he’ll consider having a third party present next time he has to have an off the record discussion with Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Last week, Prime Minister Holness said he advised Dr. Phillips of the government’s plan to extend to 70-years the amount of time before Cabinet minutes are made public and Phillips agreed.

But on the weekend, Dr. Phillips denied that he’d agreed to the move.

Dr. Phillips says he’ll consider having another person present next time he has to have an off the record conversation with the Prime Minister.

In the meantime, Dr. Phillips says he was not being vindictive when he decided to leave doctors Dayton Campbell and Angela Brown Burke out of his shadow cabinet.

Brown Burke was Campaign Director for Peter Bunting’s recent unsuccessful challenge to Dr. Phillips’s leadership of the PNP.

While, Campbell was Mr. Bunting’s Campaign Manager.

Dr. Phillips told media personnel this afternoon that he stands by the decision to exclude Campbell and Brown Burke from the shadow cabinet.

The PNP President says his decision was not influenced by spite or malice.

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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