January 2011 Volume 8

Parliament Pay Tribute to Former MP, Col. Leslie Lloyd

Reprinted from Jamaica Gleaner
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Colonel Leslie Lloyd, a KCOB, represented both political parties

The leaders of the two main political parties have paid tribute to Colonel Leslie Lloyd, a former two-time member of parliament, who died yesterday after a short illness.

Lloyd was first elected to Parliament in 1983 as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) representative for East Central St Andrew.

He was again elected to Parliament in 1993, this time as the People's National Party (PNP) representative for Central Kingston. He was subsequently appointed parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Housing.

Rose to colonel
Lloyd served as a captain in the Jamaica Defence Force when the island gained independence in 1962 and rose to the rank of colonel before his retirement in the 1970s.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding described Lloyd as fearless and outspoken, adding that he was always prepared to stand up for what he believed in.

In her tribute, Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller described him as a true public servant.

Joining the tribute to Lloyd in Parliament yesterday, Simpson Miller bemoaned the practice of remembering persons who served in the House of Representatives only after they have died.

She suggested that a council be created to monitor the welfare of former parliamentarians.
Committed to task

"There are times when some of them are going through some serious difficulties and it is just for some of us to be in touch, to know, to visit and give some support," Simpson Miller said.

Deacon Ronnie Thwaites, who succeeded Lloyd as the PNP's member of parliament for Central Kingston, remembered him for his commitment to representational politics.

"Despite his strong personal views, which did not always find favour, he nonetheless exhibited considerable goodwill in all that he did," Thwaites said.

In 1999, Lloyd refused to accept the Order of Distinction offered by thenPrime Minister P.J. Patterson because it made no reference to his military service.

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