Peter Bunting, former Member of Parliament and People’s National Party (PNP) chairman for Manchester Central, has announced that he will not seek re-election in the constituency for the upcoming general election.
Bunting made the announcement during the PNP’s Bellefield Divisional Conference at Bellefield High School on Sunday night. He stated that this would be his last round of conferences as the standard-bearer for the constituency.
Bunting lost to the Jamaica Labour Party’s Rhoda Moy Crawford in the September 3, 2020 general election, with Crawford receiving 8,139 votes and Bunting receiving 6,989 votes.
Donovan Mitchell, the Mayor of Mandeville and councillor for the PNP’s Royal Flat Division, announced his intention to represent the party in Manchester Central for the next general election at the conference.
Mitchell had previously served as Bunting’s campaign manager during the 2020 general election.
Bunting acknowledged that his relationship with Mitchell had not been as close over the past three years, but he welcomed Mitchell back into the fold, saying that he was a formidable and talented politician.
Bunting indicated that he was giving instructions to welcome Mitchell back and that if he was fully committed to the party, there was no one who could stop Central Manchester from returning to the fold of the PNP.
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