Our ‘Meet Your MP’ series continues with Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, Member of Parliament for the St Andrew West Central constituency.
Holness was born on July 22, 1972 in Spanish Town, and attended St Catherine High School. Here are some more facts:
- Andrew Holness was first elected to represent the constituency of St Andrew West Central in 1997 at the age of 25.
- He is the youngest person to serve as Prime Minister, taking office on October 23, 2011 at 39 years old. He is also the first Jamaican head of Government to be born after the country gained Independence in 1962.
- His stint as Prime Minister is the second shortest in Jamaica’s history. He served for 67 days, as the Jamaica Labour Party lost the 2011 general election on December 29. Before this, Sir Donald Sangster served from February 22, 1967 to April 11, 1967.
- Holness has shadowed several cabinet portfolios in the areas of social welfare, community development, housing and education.
- As the opposition spokesperson for education, he was instrumental in the establishment of institutions such as the Jamaica Teaching Council, the National Education Trust, The National College for Education Leadership, the Centre of Excellence Programme and the ASTEP programme, which supports students falling behind in general education.
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