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Jamaica: House speaker shuts down PNP bid to suspend MP George Wright

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Marissa Dalrymple-Phillibert, on Tuesday shut down efforts by the parliamentary Opposition to move a motion to suspend the Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Westmoreland, George Wright.

A Government lawmaker, Wright is believed to have been the man who was caught on video savagely beating an unidentified woman in Hanover on April 6.

The video has gone viral on social media, and on Monday the top brass of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) pleaded with Wright to make himself available to the police.

Shortly after the House of Representatives convened on Tuesday, Leader of Opposition Business, Anthony Hylton, rose to his feet and indicated that he was about to move a motion for Wright to be suspended.

“Madam Speaker, I rise to give notice of motion to suspend a member of this honourable House,” Hylton began without naming Wright. However, he did not get much further, as he was swiftly cut off by Dalrymple-Phillibert.

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