Councillor for the Trafalgar Division in Kingston, Kari Douglas, has left the People’s National Party, PNP to join the governing Jamaica Labour Party, JLP.
The former PNP Councillor crossed the political aisle, after an announcement in the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, KSAMC, this morning (February 11).
Miss Douglas’ move to the JLP means the party has increased its majority in the KSAMC up to 22 seats, while the PNP’s minority has been reduced to 18 seats.
In a statement issued today, Miss Douglas says for some time now she has been concerned that her former party has become too focused on winning elections at any cost, as opposed to pursuing a commitment to national development.
She states that her former political party has also for sometime not been a space where creative ideas, especially the thoughts of young people, are encouraged and treated seriously.
She further explains that the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Andrew Holness helped her to make the difficult decision, while noting that she is one of many young people across Jamaica, who have had a re-awakening of their political views, due to the JLP leader’s refreshing approach to politics.
Several members of the JLP have taken to social media to welcome Miss Douglas to the party, while offering their support and encouragement.
Kari Douglas is the daughter of the late PNP Member of Parliament, Easton Douglas.
Meantime, the PNP, says it has taken note of the decision by Councillor for the Trafalgar Division in Kingston, Kari Douglas, to join the governing JLP.
The former PNP Councillor crossed the political aisle, after an announcement in the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, KSAMC, this morning, (February 11).
In a statement this afternoon, the PNP says, it is already well advanced in confirming its new candidate for the Trafalgar Division and is committed to retaining the seat in the next local government elections.
The PNP states that, the party wishes Ms. Douglas well, as she embarks on a new phase of her political journey.