Haughton, a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, and a resident of Mount Salem in Montego Bay, thanked Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips for the appointment and has promised to give his best in service to the nation, and in particular, to be a voice for residents of inner-city communities.
Leader of Opposition Business Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr, welcomed Haughton as a friend from their days at The University of the West Indies (UWI), and urged him to help raise the bar of discussion to enable the Senate to live up to the perception of being the “Upper House”.
“The country is watching and expecting more than they have ever expected from leaders before…and we have to listen and adapt,” said Charles, a second-generation parliamentarian and son of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles.
A product of the tough St James community of Mount Salem, Haughton took his place in the Upper House to loud applause from Senators on both sides as he rose to make his first presentation.
"This is signalling to young people, my friends in the arcade who sell clothes, to the people who clean the streets, to the people in Mount Salem who kick football and box ball, they now have a voice, they now have a presence," he said.
"I will do my best to serve the country as best as I can and do my best to contribute to the discussions in the Senate in an informed manner," Haughton promised.
The newly minted Senator from the West, has been tapped to represent the Peoples National Party in the West Central St. James constituency, now held by the JLP's Marlene Malahoo-Forte, Jamaica's attorney general.
It is felt that with his 'down-to-earth' style of politics, Haughton has the potential to capture the hearts and minds of the young people of the constituency and could very well beat Malahoo-Forte in the upcoming general elections.
Also sworn in as senator for the second time, was Damion Crawford, who was returning to the senate from which he resigned recently for his abortive attempt at winning the Portland Eastern seat for the People's National Party (PNP). Crawford was reappointed by Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips as a senator.
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