Prime Minister Andrew Holness says embattled MP for Westmoreland Central George Wright is now an independent member of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Holness provided the update in a public statement this afternoon.

The Prime Minister said Wright was encouraged to apply to the Speaker for leave of absence from sittings of the House of Representatives until the allegations are resolved.

Today’s statement further said that consequent on Mr Wright’s independent status in Parliament, it was advised that the requisite organs of the party would promptly meet to discuss the matter of his membership in the JLP within the rules of the party and to determine next steps.

The move follows a meeting yesterday with Jamaica Labour Party Parliamentary body to discuss assault allegations against Wright.

Earlier this week Wright was interviewed and released by police at the Freeport Police Station in St James as investigators probe an assault of a woman that was captured on camera.

The party’s general secretary, Dr Horace Chang also advised the Prime Minister that Wright had not shared any information regarding the video circulating online, but had acknowledged that allegations made against him were of a serious nature.

He also acknowledged that the allegation was causing grave concerns for his role as a parliamentary representative and inconsistent with the principles, policies, and positions of the Government and party.