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JLP names its 16-member Shadow Cabinet
The Jamaica Labour Party has announced its 16-member Shadow Cabinet and Committee Chairpersons.
The announcement came a day later than was anticipated, and has 4 fewer persons than the governing PNP’s 20-member Cabinet.
Heading the Shadow Cabinet is JLP Leader, Andrew Holness, who has responsibility for Defence and Development.
Mr. Holness has decided to relieve himself of the Education portfolio.
The person now responsible for Education and Human Resource Development, is Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert.
Mr. Holness explains that his own responsibilities as Opposition Leader encompass all the ministries, adding that, it was time to have someone else gain experience, in ministerial responsibilities.
Audley Shaw has been named the Spokesperson for Finance, Planning, Growth and Economic Development.
The portfolios of Justice, National Security, and Electoral Matters, will be shadowed by Delroy Chuck, who is also the Leader of Opposition Business in the House.
Information, Public Service and Labour goes to Senator Arthur Williams, who is also the Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate.
The Ministry of Health and Quality of Life is shadowed by Dr. Kenneth Baugh.
Transport and Works and Infrastructure Development, for Karl Samuda.
Tourism and Travel Service Development, Belongs to Edmund Bartlett.
Agriculture, Mining and Natural Resource Use is shadowed by J. C. Hutchinson.
Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Digital Society Development, goes to Daryl Vaz.
Housing, Water, and Environment, for Dr. Horace Chang.
Social Security and Poverty Reduction has Shahine Robinson.
Industry, Commerce and Energy is shadowed by Gregory Mair.
Olivia Grange has responsibility for Youth, Sports, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Culture.
For Urban Renewal, Rural Development and Local Government, is Desmond McKenzie.
And, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Investment is shadowed by Senator Christopher Tufton.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader says the Spokespersons are expected to hold the Government accountable.
In announcing the Shadow Cabinet today (January 19) Mr. Holness said the Spokespersons responsibilities have been so crafted that they will have a dual role of monitoring and advocacy.
The Spokespersons were also charged with the task of public education.