Government MP, Lloyd B Smith, says corruption in the PNP-administration and the wider society has forced him to reconsider his future in representational politics.
The Central St. James MP says he’ll shortly tell Prime Minister and PNP President Portia Simpson Miller whether he intends to contest the next General Election.
Dennis Brooks reports:
Nationwide News sources say Mr. Smith is considering his future as he and key members of the governing party are at odds.
Contacted this afternoon the Central St. James MP said he’ll decide his future in two weeks time.
Mr. Smith says corruption in the wider society, including the Government, is among the reasons he’s contemplating stepping aside.
In December 2011, Mr. Smith overcame the JLP’s Heroy Clarke by 98 votes in the General Election.
Meantime .. as word is circulating that Lloyd B. Smith is on his way out as MP for Central St. James, some PNP delegates in constituency say they’ve asked western Jamaica-based attorney, Ashley-Ann Foster, to consider being the PNP’s flag bearer for the area.
Efforts this afternoon to contact Miss Foster were unsuccessful.
But Nationwide News sources say on Sunday, Foster indicated in writing that she does not intend to seek re-election as Chairman of the PNP’s East Central St. James constituency executive or apply to be the party standard bearer for that seat.
It’s understood that Miss Foster will be vying to replace Mr. Smith as the PNP’s standard bearer for Central St. James.