Businessman, Peter Blake, says he’s confident that his decision to assist controversial former PNP activist Milton ‘Tony’ Welsh in a business deal a few years ago will not see the PNP’s Integrity Commission’s deciding not to approve his candidacy for the East Rural St. Andrew constituency in the next election.

Blake defeated Damion Crawford in a candidate selection race on Sunday. He’s to appear before the Integrity Commission on Friday.

In 2011, reports in the print media said Mr. Blake was turned down as the PNP candidate for the constituency due to concerns by the party’s integrity commission.

Speaking to our news center this afternoon, Mr. Blake says he’s aware there were concerns regarding how he assisted Tony Welsh.

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Tony Welsh is a PNP activist who was deported to Jamaica in 1996 after serving time for drugs charges in the United States.

In 2003, Welsh was questioned by the Police in relation to a triple murder. In 2006, Welsh was also charged for the stabbing death of 21-year-old Damion Hussey after a PNP rally.

Mr. Blake says he’s not concerned that his relationship with Mr. Welsh will affect his chances when he appears before the PNP’s integrity commission on Friday.

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