Saturday 30 May, 2020

Fond recollections of Lynvale Bloomfield; by-election looms

Dr Lynvale Bloomfield

Dr Lynvale Bloomfield

Jamaicans have reacted with shock at the news of the brutal murder of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Eastern Portland, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Dr Lynvale Bloomfield.

The medical doctor who was in the middle of his second term as an MP, was found with multiple stab wounds in his bedroom at his Paisley Gardens home in the parish shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. His body was discovered by a household employee.

Among the officials to respond was Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, who said the party’s leadership and membership were “shocked, shaken and saddened” by the news of Bloomfield's tragic passing.

Phillips said Bloomfield devoted many years of his life in service to the Jamaican people as a medical practitioner and as an elected representative.

“No Jamaican should ever have to suffer at the hands of criminals in their own country. The death of Dr Bloomfield must not be allowed to go unpunished. The police must employ whatever resources that are necessary to conduct a full and complete investigation, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” Phillips said.

“The wanton acts of criminality across the country are leaving too many individuals and families in mourning, and robbing the nation of its best potential,” he added.

He said it was a very sad day in the history of the country, “as we are now dealing with the stabbing death of a sitting member of parliament in his home by unknown assailants."

And the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Audley Shaw, has expressed shock at Dr Bloomfield’s killing.

“It is just horrible,” Shaw said while speaking to reporters.

“I always found him to be a quiet and deliberate person; he was not in any way offensive. He was just a good man, and my heart goes out to his family,” Shaw added.

Bloomfield first won the Eastern Portland seat in the 2011 General Elections when he polled 9,134 votes to defeat the JLP’s Patrick Lee, who received 8,061 votes.

Bloomfield retained the seat in the 2016 elections, this time polling 8,580 votes to easily fend off the challenge of the JLP’s Derron Wood, who polled 6,345 votes.

Questions had been swirling over the past year as to whether Bloomfield would again represent the PNP in the next general elections, which are due in two years’ time. But despite the questions, he was reportedly gearing up for the challenge that is being mounted by the JLP’s Ann-Marie Vaz, the wife of West Portland MP, Daryl Vaz.

A by-election is expected to be held to fill the seat that has become vacant by Bloomfield’s death.

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