Juliet Holness appointed Deputy Speaker of the House
Created : 15 September 2020
Juliet Holness being sworn in as Member of Parliament on Tuesday.
Juliet Holness, the wife of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has been given her first major assignment in her husband’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Administration – she will serve as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The newly sworn-in second term Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew will deputise for Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert who was named Speaker for her second stint.
Dalrymple-Philibert, who won a fourth consecutive term for the South Trelawny constituency, previously served as Speaker from July 2011 to December 2011.
Holness’ appointment means that, for the first time in Jamaica’s parliamentary history, two women will serve as Speaker and Deputy Speaker at the same time.