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Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has eulogised former Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Colonel Leslie Lloyd, as fearless and outspoken and always prepared to stand up for the things in which he believed.
“He was someone, who had very strong views on matters, and those were views he was prepared to hold so strongly and he was never unwilling to defend those views even if he stood alone,” Mr. Golding said.
The Prime Minister was leading the tributes in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (December 21), for Colonel Lloyd, who died earlier that day after an illness.
Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in her remarks, described Colonel Lloyd as a strong and confident man.
“He had presence and was very strong in his beliefs. We will miss him always calling to give advice on different issues affecting the country,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said, noting that he was a good friend.
Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Rev. Ronald Thwaites stated that Mr. Lloyd gave the task of public representation “his all”.
“He prized the privilege of representing a constituency and despite his strong personal views, which did not always find favour, he nonetheless exhibited considerable goodwill in all that he did,” Rev. Thwaites said.
After retiring from the Jamaica Defence Force in the late 1970s Colonel Lloyd represented East Central St. Andrew as a Member of Parliament for the Jamaica Labour Party between 1983 and 1989. He was the successful People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for Central Kingston in 1993.
He also served as Parliamentary Secretary in the former Ministry of Environment and Housing.