Jamaica: Peter Phillips retains PNP presidency

By Jamaica Gleaner

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Peter Phillips

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Peter David Phillips, the 69-year-old incumbent president of the People’s National Party has fought back the challenge of Manchester Central MP Peter Murcott Bunting to retain the post.

Peter Phillips: 1,427
Peter Bunting: 1,351

Some 2,289 delegates were eligible to vote and early indications are that around 96 per cent of them turned out.

Phillips’ win means the sun has set on Bunting’s Rise United campaign on the birthday of the Manchester Central MP.

It appears that based on delegates’ canvass, Phillips was trailing Bunting around midday.

“Mi a feel likkle better, mi a feel likkle better,” a member of Phillips’ One PNP camp had told the incumbent when he arrived at the National Area to cast his vote.

This is Phillips’ third presidential election.

In 2006, he was one of four people who sought to succeed PJ Patterson as party president.

The election was, however, won by Portia Simpson Miller, who would go on to lose the 2007 general election.

A year later, Phillips challenged Simpson Miller for the post of party president and lost.

Here are 10 things about Peter Phillips:
1. Was elected unopposed as president of the PNP on March 26, 2017, succeeding Portia Simpson Miller, who retired months after the PNP lost the 2016 election.
2. A graduate of Jamaica College, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Science degree in Government from the University of the
West Indies. He completed his doctoral studies in International Political Economy at The State University of New York at Binghamton.
3. Served the PNP as vice-president from 1999 to 2008.
4. Was general secretary between 1991 and 1994.
5. Was elected Member of Parliament for the constituency of St Andrew East Central in 1992, which he still represents in parliament.
6. Minister of finance and planning from 2012 to 2016.
7. Received the 2015 Gleaner Man of the Year award for exemplary public service.
8. Was Minister of Health between 1995 and 1997.
9. Worked as Minister of Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister from 1991 to 1994.
10. Married to Sandra Minott Phillips with whom he shares two children.


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