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STATEMENT FROM THE PNP PRESIDENT The Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller

STATEMENT FROM THE PNP PRESIDENT The Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, I addressed a public meeting of the People’s National Party in Claremont, St Ann.

Portions of my address were widely reported in the Media. I love and respect my party, its members and the people of Jamaica.

I have listened to the media reports and heard the public feedback and I believe it is critical that I speak on this matter.

My words and emotions have led to various interpretations and indeed misrepresentations of what was said and my intent.

Let me make it clear that I did not intend to convey a threat or intimidation of anyone. I also did not encourage my supporters to carry out any actions in breach of our political code of conduct or my own long held principles.

The notion that I threatened anyone would not be consistent with my own actions at the same meeting when I told supporters who were chanting “Lisa must go” that I would not tolerate any disrespect of the Member of Parliament.

All Jamaicans are entitled to participate in the political process without any fear of harm. I regret any discomfort my comments have caused.