Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Former JLP MP Laurie Broderick has died

Laurie Broderick

Laurie Broderick

Former Member of Parliament for Northern Clarendon representing the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Laurie Broderick has died.

Broderick is famously remembered for the shock defeat he inflicted on the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Horace Dalley in the 2007 general election to take the North Clarendon constituency, a strong PNP seat.

He prevailed by 227 votes over Dalley in that general election campaign.

However, in the December 2011 general election, Dalley reclaimed the seat he had previously served unbroken from 1989.

By the time of the 2016 general election, which the JLP won in a widely regarded upset victory over the PNP, Broderick, who served under both Bruce Golding and Andrew Holness administrations, had switched allegiance to the PNP, having fallen out with his former party. He even served as a member of Dalley’s campaign team for that election which saw Dalley turning back the challenge of the JLP’s Caswell Pinnock.

Prime Minister Holness paid tribute to Broderick in a social media post Wednesday morning.

“Sad to learn of the passing of former JLP MP for Northern Clarendon and attorney Lawrence ‘Laurie’ Broderick,” Holness posted.

The prime minister noted that having defeated Dalley in 2007, Broderick “made god contributions to our parliament and country as MP”.

He has offered condolences to Broderick’s family, friends and colleagues.

Laurie Broderick was from a political family. His father, Percival, was a longstanding member of the PNP and was MP for North East Clarendon from 1949 o 1955.

His brother, who was also named Percival,  was a member of the JLP and served as MP for North East Clarendon from 1972 to 1989.

Apart from being an attorney, Laurie Broderick was a former army captain.

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