Mr Speaker,

We all gain membership in this Honourable House through the support and very often the sacrifices of others. Let me express my own gratitude to my constituents in East Central St Andrew who have have kept me as their Member of Parliament for six consecutive terms.

They are represented here today by Councillors Nenna Wilson and Dennis Gordon, along with members of the executive and other members of the constituency.

Let me also thank my colleagues and comrades in the PNP – both those in the Parliament and those outside whose advice, prayers and solidarity have been a constant source of inspiration.

I owe a special debt of gratitude to my wife Sandra, who is here today, and to the other members of my family for their sustained support and encouragement which enables me to devote my energies to public service.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, notwithstanding our differences from time to time, let me recognize your efforts to guide our deliberations for the better conduct of the people’s business. To the Clerk and other members of the parliamentary staff, my sincere and heartfelt thanks for your support.


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