Sunday 9 August, 2020

PNP says councillor who crossed floor was being replaced as candidate

Faith Sampson

Faith Sampson

The People’s National Party (PNP) says it was its decision to replace Councillor Faith Sampson as the party's candidate for the John’s Hall Division in Manchester that led to her changing party affiliation.

Sampson crossed the floor of the Manchester Municipal Corporation on Thursday to join the minority Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

However, in a statement, the PNP said the three-term councillor had been suffering from a decline in support and favourability, and that a recent internal assessment confirmed that her candidacy would present a challenge for the upcoming local government election, due in November. 

The PNP said it met with Sampson on Monday and the divisional executive on Tuesday, when she decided to resign from the party.

The PNP said, against this background, it was "not surprised" by her change of affiliation to the JLP.

"The PNP thanks Councillor Sampson for her years of service to the party and people of the John’s Hall Division, and wishes her well in her endeavours," the party said, adding that it was forced to listen to the voice of the people "who have expressed their concerns about Councillor Sampson’s ability to champion the seat on behalf of the party."

The party said it would immediately proceed with a selection process to select a new councillor candidate for the division.

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