After his marriage on Saturday, July 4, former senator Dennis Meadows is in the spotlight again. This time on the political field.
Meadows, who unsuccessfully vied for the North Trelawny seat twice (2007 and 2011), appears to have been sidelined as the representative for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the West Central St. James seat. This is a seat which he (reportedly) had applied for months ago.
Dennis appears to now have a stumbling block, Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte. The Attorney-at-Law and Talk Show hostess was the losing candidate for Central Westmoreland in 2011, where she lost to the late Roger Clarke.
Dennis is crying foul, pointing to factions in the party who still have not forgotten the leadership race. They are loyal to leader Andrew Holness. Meadows supported the losing Audley Shaw.
Meadows has vowed to fight any efforts to block him and is calling on party leader Andrew Holness to stamp his authority on the party and rein in his supporters.
Meadows knows the constituency very well, having been a successful campaign manager of former West Central MP, Clive Mullings.
The squabbles continue in the JLP, the party with a history of imploding through internal problems, as opposed to the ruling People’s National Party (PNP). It will be interesting to see how this one works out.
Here is the interview of Dennis Meadows concerning the issue, aired on Nationwide 90 FM.
Source: The Gleaner