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People's National Party (PNP)

The People's National Party (PNP) is a social democratic and social liberal Jamaican political party, founded by Norman Manley in 1938. It is the oldest political party in the Anglophone Caribbean and one of the main two political parties in Jamaica. Out of the two major parties, it is considered more to the left than its main rival, the Jamaica Labour Party. They have held majorities in the Jamaican Parliament twice; firstly between 1972 to 1980 and again from 1989 to September 2007, when the JLP won the general election. The party is a member of the Socialist International.

The PNP was defeated in the first universal elections held in Jamaica in 1944, winning only four of the 32 seats (one elected independent joined the party afterwards). It came to office in 1955, and held office until just before independence in 1962 when the party was defeated by its principal rival, the Jamaica Labour Party. During this period of government it promoted actively reformist social democratic policies, including opening secondary education to many poorer Jamaicans through state funding of scholarships.

Ten years later, under the leadership of its founder's son, Michael Manley, it returned to office committed to democratic socialism and a foreign policy focused on strengthening relations with the Global South. In 1980, the Jamaica Labour Party led by Edward Seaga overwhelmingly defeated the PNP, after several years characterized by inflation and rising unemployment, and in a campaign noteworthy for an alarming level of violence. Manley led the party in a boycott of the snap election called in 1983, and the party was absent from parliament for more than five years.

In 1989 it was returned to office under Manley's leadership. Manley retired from politics in 1992, and was replaced as party leader by Percival Noel James Patterson. Patterson led the PNP to victory in 1993, 1997, and 2002, becoming the first political leader in Jamaican history to win three successive general elections. In the 2002 election, held on 16 October 2002, the party won 52.2% of the popular vote and 34 out of the 60 seats in the House of Representatives. Since its return to office in 1989 it has pursued policies intended to take advantage of globalization, and has substantially moderated or even abandoned the socialist rhetoric of the 1970s. On 26 February 2006, Portia Simpson-Miller was elected as Patterson's successor, becoming the first female president of the PNP and became the Prime Minister of Jamaica. The PNP lost the August 2007 election to the JLP, and their leader Bruce Golding.

In the 29 December 2011 general election, the PNP was returned to power with 42 of the 63 seats in Jamaica's parliament.

As electoral symbols, it uses a rising sun and the colours red, orange and yellow.
Leader Portia SIMPSON MILLER
Founded 18 September 1938
Party Colour Orange
Party Symbol Rising Sun
Ideology Third Way, Social democracy, Social liberalism, Democratic Socialism
Political Position Centre-left
House of Representatives seats - 2011 42/63
Youth Arm People's National Party Youth Organisation
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CONTACT INFORMATION
89 Old Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica
information@pnpjamaica.com
(876) -978-1337
PNP RESOURCES
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PNP 2016 Manifesto PNP 2012 Manifesto
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PNP 2011 Manifesto PNP Progressive Agenda
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PNP MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Members Name Constituency Party
The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller St. Andrew South Western People's National Party
Hon. Noel Arscott Clarendon South Western People's National Party
Hon. Luther Buchanan Westmoreland Eastern People's National Party
Hon. Peter Bunting Manchester Central People's National Party
Hon. Roger Clarke Westmoreland Central People's National Party
Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies St. Andrew Southern People's National Party
Hon. Colin Fagan St. Catherine South Eastern People's National Party
Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson St. Thomas Eastern People's National Party
Hon. Dr. Morais Guy St. Mary Central People's National Party
Hon. Lisa Hanna St. Ann South Eastern People's National Party
Mr. Patrick Atkinson Trelawny Northern People's National Party
Hon. Ian Hayles Hanover Western People's National Party
Ms. Denise Daley St. Catherine Eastern People's National Party
Hon. Julian Robinson St. Andrew South Eastern People's National Party
Hon. George Hylton St. Andrew Western People's National Party
Mr. Fitz Jackson St. Catherine Southern People's National Party
Hon. Derrick Kellier St. James Southern People's National Party
Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill Westmoreland Western People's National Party
Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley St. Catherine North Central People's National Party
Hon. Phillip Paulwell Kingston East and Port Royal People's National Party
Mr. Mikael Phillips Manchester North Western People's National Party
Hon. Michael Peart Manchester Southern People's National Party
Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips St. Andrew East Central People's National Party
Hon. Robert Pickersgill St. Catherine North Western People's National Party
Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield Portland Eastern People's National Party
Mr. Raymond Pryce St. Elizabeth North Eastern People's National Party
Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites Kingston Central People's National Party
Mr. Donald Keith Duncan Hanover Eastern People's National Party
Hon. Arnoldo Brown St. Catherine East Central People's National Party
Mr. Loyd B. Smith St. James Central People's National Party
Mr. Paul Buchanan St. Andrew West Rural People's National Party
Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abraham St. James West Central People's National Party
Mr. Hugh Buchanan St. Elizabeth South Western People's National Party
Mr. Richard Azan Clarendon North Western People's National Party
Mr. Joylan Silvera St. Mary Western People's National Party
Hon. Damion Crawford St. Andrew East Rural People's National Party
Hon. Horace Dalley Clarendon Northern People's National Party
Mr. Andre Hylton St. Andrew Eastern People's National Party
Dr. Dayton Campbell St. Ann North Western People's National Party
Dr. Winston Green St. Mary South Eastern People's National Party
Mr. Kevin Walford St. Ann South Western People's National Party
Mr. Richard Parchment St. Elizabeth South Eastern People's National Party
PNP MEMBERS OF THE SENATE
Members Name Party
Senator Rev. Stanley Redwood - President People's National Party
Senator Angela Brown-Burke - Deputy President People's National Party
Senator the Hon. Arnold Joseph Nicholson, QC People's National Party
Senator the Hon. Mark Golding People's National Party
Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer People's National Party
Senator Keith Desmond Knight, QC People's National Party
Senator Imani Duncan-Price People's National Party
Senator Lambert Brown People's National Party
Senator Norman Grant People's National Party
Senator Wensworth Skeffery People's National Party
Senator Noel Sloley People's National Party
Senator Navel Clarke People's National Party
Senator Floyd Morris People's National Party
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