#JaVotes2016 – Meet Your MPs: Kingston

Kingston Central – Rev Ronald Thwaites

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Education Minister Rev Ronald Thwaites is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kingston Central. Here are some facts about him:

  1. He was born on February 12, 1945, in St Andrew, the son of the late Ronald George Thwaites and Lena May D’Costa-Thwaites.
  2. He attended Westbrook Preparatory School, St George’s College, Cornell University, University of the West Indies (UWI), and Oxford University. He was awarded the Jamaica Scholarship to Cornell, and later, the Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford.
  3. He is an attorney-at-law by profession and has been a partner at the law firm Daly, Thwaites and Company since 1979. He has also worked in the media as a radio talk show host since 1976.
  4. Thwaites has been credited with the establishment of the Jamaica Legal Aid Clinic in 1972. The clinic provides legal representation for thousands of nationals in Jamaica and the Diaspora. He was a managing director from 1972 to 1975.
  5. He wears many hats, including farmer, hotelier, company director, and minister of religion at the St Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Gordon Town, St Andrew.
  6. Thwaites is married to Marcia Veronica McKenley and has five sons and two daughters.