Morland Wilson, 38 year old Business Development Specialist, asserts that he is the favoured choice as Candidate for the Westmoreland Western Labour Party delegates. He is confident that he is he front runner for the selection, based on a recent survey carried out by his campaign team. He believes that he has the support of 90% of the delegates needed to secure a place if a run-off is held to select a candidate for the seat. He has been working voluntarily in the constituency for the past 2 years .He is confident that based on the work that he is doing he can win the seat at the next general election if he is chosen to run as the JLP candidate.
Sources close to the constituency have confirmed that there are two other aspirants interested in this seat: retired teacher Neil Muthra, a serial applicant, and Valdine Ledgister a teacher at Friendship Primary School who is also a past local football referee. Valdine is the brother of Kevin Murray, Counsellor of the Friendship Division. He is known in local footballing circles but according to some delegates he lacks broad appeal and would wane against Dr Whyckham McNeil, the sitting Member of Parliament.
According to sources in the constituency, since 2017 Morland Wilson has visited the constituency on a regular basis and has done his ground work sufficiently. He has identified underdevelopment of infrastructure, a lack of opportunity and unemployment as the main challenges facing the constituents. In addition there is a lack of Skills training facilities needed to up- skill unemployed young unemployed the constituents. His overall vision is to implement a development plan that will create economic prosperity, community safety and social opportunities for all the residents of the community. His aim is for Westmoreland Western to be the choice of place to live, work and do business.
It is impressive that already Morland Wilson has implemented two skills training programmes in collaboration with the Caribbean Maritime University, training 240 young people, most of which are now employed. He is the current CEO of Prestige Logistics Ltd, a company that imports cars with a focus on electric cars and provides logistic training and business consultancy.
Morland Wilson comes to politics with an impressive CV: he was Country Manager for the British Council where he introduced many inspirational programmes and policies around safeguarding adults and children, Human Rights and centre piece Education policies . He is a former Deputy General Secretary of G2K, the Youth Arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, so understands the internal and external workings of the Jamaica Labour party having worked as a volunteered in many important by-elections. Morland is cognizant of the fact that he is up against a veteran politician Whykham McNeil. When confronted with the scope of his ambition to win the constituency, he asserts that he’s up for the task; over time the JLP has been making steady progress and Morland was quick to point out that the PNP won by just 1500 votes in the last general election.
Morland Wilson has youth, intelligence, charisma and great confidence on his side. However, he first has to win the selection process which may result in a run off if the JLP constitution is followed. He is aware that politics in both parties has not always followed the rules and often times an establishment candidate is parachuted into a constituency regardless of the choice of the delegates. When confronted with this possibility, Morland avows that he is playing by the rules and he expects the JLP establishment to do the same.
Morland Wilson has prepared a development plan for bringing new investments, improved infrastructure and a better quality of public service to the constituency. At the heart of his political manifesto is training and employment opportunities for young people, improved road infrastructure and the provision of much needed piped water to rural communities.
The next General election might be two years away. As Prime Minister Holness political stock grows, there are many persons jockeying for vacant caretaker positions for the JLP – Westmoreland Western is one of those seats that is attracting a lot of political interest. Morland Wilson is a business man and a Manning’s High school past student who has pursued graduate studies at the UWI. He has political pedigree and the appetite to serve the constituency. However, it is not known if he is the JLP’s hierarchy anointed son. The days ahead should be interesting as the heat turns up for a selection process to settle the matter. What will happen? Speculation aside, the next few months should prove to be an interesting spectacle as the contenders vie for the post as Constituency Caretaker for Westmoreland Western.
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