JAMAICA | Central Westmoreland MP George Wright Resigns from JLP
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KINGSTON, Jamaica June 4, 2021 - Mr. George Wright, Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Central has submitted a letter of resignation to JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, terminating his membership in the Jamaica Labour Party.
The Jamaica Labour Party, (JLP) has accepted Mr. Wright's resignation and notes his stated intention to address matters in the public domain, and his continued belief in the policies and programmes of the government and Party.
Wright is serving his first term as a Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Central, representing the Jamaica Labour Party, after his victory in the 2020 General Election. He previously served as a JLP councillor for the Petersfield Division in the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation.
Following the contrtoversy, in which Wright is alleged to have beat a woman with a stool in Chester Castle, Hanover, the Jamaica Labour Party approved an application for him to take a leave of absence from the Party.
Mr. Wright was also been relieved of all party related duties.
The JLP says the Operations Council of the party had commenced deliberations to consider the issue of Wright's membership in the Party, following a meeting between the Secretariat of the JLP and Mr. Wright.
Wright's resignation from the JLP follows public outcry in light of the allegations surrounding the alleged assault, for which no charges have been brought by either party.
According to the police, following an exhaustive investigation and interview process that conformed with law enforcement best practices and involved both parties, the investigation into the alleged incident ha had to be ended as a result of the unwillingness of the parties involved and potential witnesses to participate in the investigation, as well as the poor quality of the video alleged to capture the incident.
The police explained that both the complainant Ms. Tannisha Singh and Mr. Wright made independent reports of a physical altercation on April 6. Ms. Singh made a report to the Anchovy Police, while later that evening Mr. Wright made a report to the Ramble Police.
Given the physical state of Ms. Singh, the police escorted her to a medical facility to ensure she received treatmenat. She was asked to return to the station after treatment in order to give a formal statement. To date, attempts at securing said statement have proven futile. Mr Wright was asked to seek medical attention and return to give a statement, at which time he stated that he was unwilling to do so.