PNP confirms Crawford

PNP confirms Crawford

Moore issues pledge of support

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday confirmed that Senator Damion Crawford will be its candidate in the upcoming by-election for the Portland Eastern constituency.

At the same time the PNP Executive Committee sought to present a picture of unity in the party over the selection by having long-time aspirant for the seat, Andrea Moore, expressing support for Crawford.

“Damion and I will be campaigning vigorously together to ensure victory for the People’s National Party,” a PNP news release quoted Moore. “There will be no divide here, it is one mission — victory for the PNP.”

Moore, an attorney, had signalled her intention to campaign for the selection shortly after the body of the sitting member of parliament, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, was found with multiple stab wounds in his Passley Gardens house in the parish on February 2.

But PNP insiders said that the party was uncomfortable with Moore who, in the run-up to the 2016 general election, was sidelined despite winning a delegate selection contest against Bloomfield, who was buried last Saturday.

Yesterday, the PNP said Crawford, a vice-president of the party, was “overwhelmingly approved” by the executive committee after extensive consultations within the constituency, including discussions with the Constituency Committee, elected councillors and the Regional Executive Council.

General Secretary Julian Robinson said the party’s campaign machinery would be “fully engaged to support Comrade Crawford and the team to retain the constituency, which has been loyal to the PNP for over 30 years in seven consecutive general elections”.

The release also said that the executive further expressed its confidence that the people of Portland Eastern are getting a candidate who would be rigorous and articulate in his representation of the people’s issues, and expressed appreciation to Moore for her stance and offer of unqualified support to Crawford.

“The executive noted that it was not the first time she was making the sacrifice in giving up her desire to represent Portland Eastern in the interest of party unity and saluted her loyalty, unwavering support and her eagerness to campaign for victory,” the release said.

Crawford represented the neighbouring St Andrew East Rural constituency in the House of Representatives between 2012 and 2016 and served as junior minister of state for tourism and entertainment.

He did not seek re-election in 2016 and has since served as a member of the Upper House and the party’s spokesman on youth. He won the vice-presidency of the PNP in September 2018, amassing the largest number of delegate votes.

Senator Crawford is a lecturer in marketing at the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies, Mona, a businessman and a partner in the egg company Crafton Holdings, which won last year’s Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association Awards for best new manufacturer as well as the Buy Jamaican Award.

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