Several New Faces in the New Senate

Nationwide News understands that Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be introducing several new faces to the Senate when the ceremonial opening of parliament takes place tomorrow morning at 11.

And Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson Miller, is expected to return a number of familiar faces to the opposition benches.

The CEO of Grace Kennedy, Don Wehby is expected to return to the government benches in the Senate, a few years after serving in that chamber under the Bruce Golding administration.

Former Attorney General, Ransford Braham, prominent Montego Bay attorney, Charles Sinclair and Chairman of the JLP’s Economic Advisory Committee, Aubyn Hill are also on the government side.

So too are G2K President Matthew Samuda and Councillor for the Seivright Gardens Division, Delroy Williams.

Minister of Education, Information and Youth, Ruel Reid, is also returning, after serving in the Senate from 2013 to 2015.

The Government will be represented by three women.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith is the new leader of Government Business in the Senate.

She is joined by school teacher Kerencia Morrison and medical doctor Sapphire Longmore Dropinsky.

Morrison and Longmore Dropinsky both came out on the losing end in the February 25 general elections.

Trade Unionist Kavan Gayle returns for another term alongside Queens Counsel Tom Tavares Finson, who’ll sit as President of the Senate.

State Minister of National Security, Pearnel Charles Junior, is the 13th and final government Senator.

Over on the Opposition benches, Mrs. Simpson Miller has chosen not to include any new faces.

So persons who were anticipating the likes of Raymond Pryce and Damion Crawford to be selected are set to be disappointed.

The Opposition will be represented by veteran Queens Counsel KD Knight and Mark Golding, who’ll serve as leader of Opposition Business.

They are supported by Sophia Fraser Binns, trade unionist Lambert Brown, Dr. Angella Brown Burke, Floyd Morris, Noel Slowly and Wentworth Skeffrey.