No Room For Tufton Says Delegate
A member of the constituency executive in West Central St Catherine, Cherry Brooks, is calling on Dr. Christopher Tufton to focus on another parliamentary seat and allow Devon Wint to become the candidate for the constituency. Miss Brooks’ comments come as the internal campaign to replace Dr. Ken Baugh in the JLP safe seat intensifies.
Supporters of Wint on Thursday burnt shirts bearing the image of Dr. Tufton and declared he had no chance of winning the internal run off. “Ms. Cherry” says while Dr. Tufton was Minister of Agriculture, he failed to provide assistance for the constituency. According to the delegate, the constituency needs a candidate committed to helping them.
Cherry Brooks speaking to host Ricardo Brooks on the current affairs show Talk Jamaica.
Meanwhile President of Young Jamaica, Howard Chamberlain, says Dr. Tufton has been silently campaigning in the seat and appears to be gaining grounds. Mr. Chamberlain says that both camps have approached Young Jamaica to assist with campaigning, and the organization will make its position on the contest known in the coming days. There is added pressure for Young Jamaica to declare in favour of Devon Wint as he is the immediate past president of Young Jamaica. However, Chamberlain says the organization will support the candidate it believes is best suited for the job.
Howard Chamberlain, President of Young Jamaica speaking with Talk Jamaica host Ralston Chamberlain.
Mr. Chamberlain sought to downplay the protests last week, saying there is no rift in the constituency. According to the youth arm’s President, anyone who wins will receive the support of the delegates in the constituency. Commenting on the allegation that JLP Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, has taken a leave of absence to campaign for Devon Wint, Mr. Chamberlain says while he cannot confirm or deny the allegation it would be unfortunate if that is the case.
Howard Chamberlain, President of Young Jamaica
The seat has been represented by Dr. Ken Baugh since 2002.