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JM | Jun 4, 2021

George Wright resigns from JLP, remains independent MP

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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The JLP, coming under pressure, has accepted the recent position of Westmoreland MP George Wright amid the ongoing domestic violence scandal. (Photo: Facebook @WestmorelandCentralJLP)

Central Westmoreland Member of Parliament (MP) George Wright today (June 4) resigned from the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and will now represent his constituents independently.

The JLP, in a brief statement to the media on Friday, said it accepted Wright’s decision.

“JLP has accepted Mr Wright’s resignation and notes his stated intention to address matters in the public domain, and his continued belief in the policies and programmes of the government and party,” the statement wrote.

The embattled MP has delivered on previous talks to part ways with the JLP amid the ongoing furore over Wright’s alleged involvement in a domestic altercation captured on CCTV footage.

After a meeting with JLP general secretary Horace Chang on April 16, Wright signalled his intent to withdraw from the organisation.

Since then, Wright, who has neither confirmed nor denied his role in the viral incident, has been on two months’ paid leave.

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