There are to be changes to the Opposition’s representation in the Senate. Also changes are to be made to its list of spokespersons, following the PNP’s by-election loss in Portland Eastern.
President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips M.P, Sunday, April 14 announced the changes, at a special meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC), held at the University of the West Indies.
The NEC is the highest decision-making body of the Party, outside of the annual conference.
According to a PNP release, “The Party Leader announced and received the absolute support of the NEC that Vice President, Damion Crawford, will return to the Upper House.”
Mr. Crawford had resigned from the Senate to contest the Portland Eastern seat in the April 4 by-election which he lost to Ann Marie Vaz of the JLP.
Dr. Phillips also stated that long-time PNP Senator, Noel Sloley has indicated a desire to demit office, and he will be replaced by university lecturer and economist, Dr. Andre Haughton, the Party’s caretaker for west central St. James.
Since the PNP’s loss in East Portland there has been speculation in the media that rumblings and pressure in the Party could force Dr. Phillips to stand down. There have also been calls for a shakeup of its representation in the Senate and its slate of party spokespersons.
The release said Dr. Phillips’ leadership was “resoundingly reaffirmed by the NEC.” The PNP President said that changes will also be made to the Shadow Cabinet shortly.
The Governor General has been notified of the changes.