The MP for East Rural St. Andrew, Damion Crawford says he welcomes the move by former JLP politician, Joan Gordon Webley, in joining the PNP.
Mrs. Gordon Webley resigned from the JLP over a year ago, due to what she says were issues with the party’s leadership.
Her application for membership to the PNP was approved by the party’s Executive Committee on Monday.
Mr. Crawford beat Mrs. Gordon Webley by just over 200 votes in the 2011 general election in East Rural St. Andrew.
According to Mr. Crawford, other labourites should follow Mrs. Gordon Webley in making the switch.
Meanwhile Mr. Crawford refused to comment on reports that Mrs. Gordon Webley would be running against JLP Leader Andrew Holness in his West Central St. Andrew constituency.
And yet, not everyone in the PNP is reacting so favourably to the news of another JLP member crossing the political divide. Former President of the People’s National Party Youth Organization, PNPYO, Junior Rose, has taken to social media to criticize his party for overlooking those he calls “hardworking comrades,” in favor of former members of the JLP.
His comment appears to be in reference to the PNP’s announcement last night that it has approved a membership application from former JLP MP, Joan Gordon-Webley.
In a Facebook post yesterday, Junior Rose wrote, “I guess if u a no Laborite u no attractive to the PNP – hypocrisy..” .
He added, “mi seh mi waah run fi VP fi PNP and people act like I am committing a sin… but if mi did inna G2K and JLP the sky is the limit in the PNP. Shake mi head.”
Rose continued in a follow up comment to say, “Di PNP soldiers who toiled long and hard for many years are always overlooked in favor of the haves, the connected and the Labourite”
His post attracted a number of supporters sharing their own experience in the party.
One user, Mitchell-Spence Daliah says she worked for the party from age 15, holding several positions in the Youth Organization, the constituency and divisional levels.
But she claims she was later denied the opportunity to contest an election, as her application was denied.
She says a month after her application was rejected, a former JLP Mayor was accepted by the PNP and given a seat to contest.
One user, commented: “So true Junior Rose we work long an hard an laborites come get big position.”
But not all respondents supported Rose’s view.
One user commented ” Wrong response Junior. Wrong response. The PNP should always be open to all. We are a political organization. Our aim is to always be the preferred party, to win elections in order to form the government.”