In an effort to manage the latest fallout to strike it, the opposition Jamaica Labour Party is asking all its Spokespersons not to comment in the media on the most recent twist in the Holness Senate letter-gate saga.
The decision of Opposition and JLP Leader, Andrew Holness, to challenge the Constitutional Court’s ruling of February 6, has caught several senior party members by surprise.
It has also triggered fresh concerns about Mr. Holness’s leadership of the party.
At least two senior members of the Council of Spokespersons told Nationwide News today that they were not advised of the decision to appeal the ruling and that it was not in the best interest of efforts to unite the JLP.
In an e-mail sent to its Spokespersons this morning, Information Shadow Minister and JLP veteran, Olivia Babsy Grange, urged them to refrain from making comments to the press as this matter is a legal issue.
She said the attorneys will provide any clarification needed.
In the e-mail, a copy of which has been obtained by Nationwide News, Miss Grange told the JLP Spokespersons that they should note that the Standing Committee of the party was briefed on the matter on Monday February 23.
However, at 10:38 this morning JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, responded.
He told the Spokespersons that the matter was not discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Standing Committee.
However, he noted that Miss Grange’s request that they should not speak to the media was the correct guidance.
On February 6, the Constitutional Court ruled that Mr. Holness acted unlawfully in procuring and using undated and pre-signed letters to force the resignation from the Senate of Dr. Christopher Tufton and Arthur Williams.