JIS News

Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, Dr. Christopher Tufton was officially sworn in as Opposition Senator at today’s (June 24) sitting of the Upper House.
Mr. Tufton’s appointment fills the vacancy left by Opposition Leader, Bruce Golding, who tendered his resignation four months earlier, to assume his Member of Parliament seat in the House of Representatives. Leader of Government Business, Senator Burchell Whiteman welcomed Dr. Tufton to the chamber. “We welcome him, and are sure that he will make a valuable contribution to the work of this Senate, and we look forward for his stay with us a long time,” Senator Whiteman said.
Also extending congratulations was Leader of Opposition Business, Senator Anthony Johnson, who said that Dr. Tufton’s appointment “marked a significant step in his career and for Jamaica. I hope, it will prove to be an event, which will move us several steps ahead on our march towards the creation of a society of which we can all be proud.” Senator Johnson lauded the new Senator as being well suited for the new post “as he not only has the knowledge and the interest but he has a proven record as a student of public affairs and as the current chairman of Generation 2000 (the Opposition party’s youth movement).”
In his reply, Dr. Tufton expressed gratitude to many persons who had directly, and indirectly supported his ascent to the current position.
He thanked the Opposition Leader for “entrusting the confidence in me to sit in this Honourable House,” and also expressed gratitude to President of the Senate, Syringa Marshall-Burnett and her staff, “for the warmth you have displayed to me since I came today and I am sure it will continue.”
The new Senator also acknowledged the invaluable support of his wife and children, as well as his political and business associates, some of whom were seated in the gallery of the House.