Bunting, Hanna among team aimed at holding Government to account
Opposition Leader Mark Golding last night made the latest step in his ongoing efforts to unite the fractured People’s National Party (PNP), naming a 19-member Shadow Cabinet that included individuals not yet known to have bought into his presidency of the political organisation.
Among the notable inclusions in the Shadow Cabinet is Lisa Hanna, who Golding beat out to become the party’s leader last month.
Hanna, who was absent from Golding’s victory speech after the election, as well as his swearing in as opposition leader days later, returned to her previously held role as spokesperson on foreign affairs and foreign trade.
Phillip Paulwell, who challenged for and won the chairmanship of the party, despite suggestions that Golding really wanted Angela Brown-Burke to get the job, has been appointed spokesperson on mining and energy, his natural fit.
GOLDING STICKING WITH INCLUSIVITY
The moves suggest Golding is sticking to his guns in appointing the individuals he considers the best fits for the job, no matter their leanings at this time.
However, in the biggest change from the previous Shadow Cabinet appointed by Golding’s predecessor, Dr Peter Phillips, Fitz Jackson has been removed as spokesperson on national security in favour of Peter Bunting.
Bunting had previously held the post but was shuffled over to education and training after challenging and then failing to wrestle the partly presidency from Phillips in a September 2019 internal election.
Bunting is also to be appointed to the Senate tomorrow, where he will take over from Donna Scott-Mottley as leader of opposition business.
Scott-Mottley, who was a vocal supporter of Hanna ahead of the November 7 presidential election, will become his deputy.
The Senate appointment marks Bunting’s return to Gordon House after his surprise loss of the Central Manchester constituency, to the Jamaica Labour Party’s Rhoda Crawford, in the September 3 general elections.
The following is the full make up of the Shadow Cabinet