MARK GOLDING DESCRIBES WALK OUT BY GOVERNMENT MEMBERS AS UNPRECEDENTED

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Opposition Leader Mark Golding has described as unprecedented, yesterday’s walk-out by members of the governing Jamaica Labour Party during the budget debate, as Mr. Golding neared the end of his debate contribution.

He noted that having the wife of the Prime Minister, as House Speaker, goes against the tradition of having an independent speaker.

This led to heated exchanged between members of both sides of the isle.

Due to the JLP walk-out, the House no longer had a quorum of 16, so the sitting was adjourned.

Mr. Golding then completed his budget debate presentation on the streets, outside Gordon House.

At a subsequent impromptu press briefing at the PNP headquarters, Mr. Golding stressed that he did not say anything offensive:

Mr. Golding sought to explain that the Opposition has taken issue with Mrs. Holness’s conduct.