North West Manchester Member of Parliament Mikael Phillips is seeking to dispel rumors that his candidature in the upcoming PNP vice-presidential election is a prelude to a future challenge of Mark Golding.

He was speaking with Nationwide News at the departure of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind earlier today.

Phillips says his top priority is rebuilding his constituency and reunifying the People’s Nation Party, PNP.

He reaffirmed his support for currently party president, Mark Golding, explaining that it may take some time for Jamaicans to warm up to the political newcomer.

Phillip says Golding’s heart is in the right place.

Mikael Phillips, North West Manchester Member of Parliament.

Phillips also acknowledges the rift in the PNP, but says it has been worse.

He says healing will take time, but he believes the party is on the right track.

The MP and Opposition Spokesman on Transport announced his intention to challenge for PNP Vice President last week.

He was speaking at a PNP divisional conference in Manchester.