Friday 16 November, 2018

Robert Morgan applies to run in North Central Clarendon

Director of Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Nesta Morgan has announced that he has formally applied to be the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate for North Central Clarendon in the next General Election.

 Morgan made the announcement on Saturday via his Facebook page.

 “For those wondering, I have applied to the JLP to be the representative for North Central Clarendon as soon as there is a vacancy pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Jamaica Labour Party,” the post on Morgan’s Facebook page said.

“It has been a lifelong dream to represent my community. Nothing will deter me from that dream,” he added.  

The JLP’s Pearnel Charles Sr., who is 81-years-old and one of the oldest Members of Parliament, has held the seat since 2002.

The senior Charles who has indicated that he will not be seeking another term in office was earlier this year forced to dismiss rumours that he wanted his son to replace him in the constituency.

This, after supporters of the younger Charles were seen wearing T-shirts with his image and the words ‘Team Charles’ emblazoned on them.

 Charles Sr., who is also the Speaker of the House of Representatives, also indicated then that he intended to serve out his full term.

Shortly after those rumours surfaced, Charles’ son, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr; was reassigned from the Ministry of National Security where he served as the Minister of State, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Some political observers see this as an astute move by Prime Minister Andrew Holness who is said to be close to Morgan.

As the junior minister of Foreign Affairs, it is expected that Charles Jr will soon have a busy schedule that will see him traveling overseas on a fairly regular basis.

That could make it difficult for him to mount an effective challenge against Morgan, the home town boy who is said to be well liked in the constituency.