Stevian Simmonds reports.


President of the Opposition People’s National Party, PNP, Dr. Peter Phillips, says he’s confident he has the support of all Opposition MPs in his bid to lead the party into victory at the next General Elections.

Fifteen PNP MPs wrote to Dr. Phillips demanding a meeting to discuss the future of the party.

But, several of those MPs including, Central Manchester MP Peter Bunting, who’d unsuccessfully challenged Phillips’ presidency, and his campaign manager at that time, North West St Ann MP, Dr Dayton Campbell, were absent at yesterday’s meeting at the Mico University College.

They sent apologies for their absence.

This is how comrades greeted Dr Phillips as he emerged from the meeting last evening.

Dr Phillips says the party is more united, coming out of yesterday’s  meeting.

In an interview with Kalilah Reynolds and Abka Fitz Henley yesterday on Nationwide This Morning, Mr. Bunting said the meeting demanded by the 15 MPs who wrote to Phillips is set for Thursday.

But, Dr Phillips told the media last evening that last evening’s meeting at Mico was the one the 15 MPs demanded.

And, the PNP president says he’s also willing to meet with those who’ve expressed a desire to meet separately.

Dr Phillips also sought to clarify his warning last week, that he’ll assess the views of the 15 MPs and then do what he has to do.

Bunting Expects Phillips To Lead PNP Into Upcoming Election

Meanwhile, Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, says he expects Dr. Peter Phillips to lead the PNP into the next General Election.

However Mr. Bunting says there are perceptions out there about the PNP President which need to be addressed.

Two weeks ago, 15-MPs wrote Dr. Phillips requesting a meeting to discuss the future of the party.

Most of those who signed the letter supported Mr. Bunting’s leadership challenge last year which he lost by 76-votes.

The letter sparked speculation that there’s a renewed effort to remove Phillips as Opposition Leader.

Mr. Bunting appeared on Nationwide: This Morning and was asked about the issue.

Mr. Bunting says concerns about Dr. Phillips’ performance in the polls and whether the PNP President is fit enough to handle the rigor of a General Election campaign should be dealt with by the party.

The Central Manchester MP was also asked whether he still harbours ambition of leading the PNP soon.

Peter Bunting, Member of Parliament for Central Manchester.

He was speaking with Kalilah Reynolds and Abka Fitz-Henley on yesterday’s edition of Nationwide This Morning.