Police Cool Tempers at JLP Meeting

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The tensions in the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party over the leadership of Andrew Holness are increasing after a marathon meeting of MPs ended this afternoon with the issues unresolved.

The discussions are set to continue next Tuesday morning at 10.

The meeting began at 11am and ended just before 4pm.

Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives, Derrick Smith, say the MPs have agreed to continue further discussions next week.

The meeting of all Opposition MP’s was convened today, based on a request made a few days ago by Deputy Leaders James Robertson and Rudyard Spencer.

Some Opposition MPs reportedly complained about the state of readiness of the party for the calling of a General Election and its inability to raise funds to finance its activities.

Our sources say some, including Daryl Vaz and Karl Samuda suggested that Andrew Holness step aside.

But Holness said he’d not do so.

Mr. Smith says discussions are to continue next week.

During the approximately five hour meeting a Police team drove into Belmont Road and hastily made their way inside JLP Headquarters.

Mr. Smith says he believes the Police presence was uncalled for.

As the meeting progressed, several party supporters waited for word outside the JLP’s Belmont Road compound.

As Vaz, Robertson and Samuda left the meeting – the laborites demanded an end to infighting.

Some supporters blocked North Central St. Andrew MP, Karl Samuda from entering his car.

One woman told Samuda’s he’d not be allowed to leave the property until he endorsed Andrew Holness.



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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