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Jamaica: HOUSE ‘CLEANSING’ Speaker dangles threat of tell-all on lawmakers

Flagging public outrage over a domestic violence scandal, House Speaker Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert called out the Opposition on Tuesday, pushing for there to be a definitive statement on whether members of parliament who are involved in criminal proceedings should be suspended.

The exchange at Tuesday’s sitting of Parliament came as the Opposition sought to move a motion to have under-fire Westmoreland Central Member of Parliament George Wright suspended.

There was a criminal investigation involving Wright, but the police have since closed the case.

Natalie Neita, who sits on the opposition benches, is involved in an assault case. That case is still in the courts, although it had been recommended for mediation.

“Are you saying, therefore, that we are not going to be hypocrites and we are not going to single out a particular action and we are going to look now as a full Parliament that wants to be honest and straightforward?” Dalrymple-Philibert asked, directing her comments at Mark Golding, the opposition leader.

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