PM Skerrit sends message to retired Jamaican politician Portia Simpson Miller

PM Skerrit with Simpson Miller

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has sent a message to former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, who has bowed out of representational politics in her country after 43 years.

In his message, Skerrit described Simpson-Miller as his “mother in politics,” who has also been an inspiration to women.

“To my dear mother in politics, you have been a great source of inspiration not only to women in politics but to me as well. Your love and commitment not only to Jamaica but the region shall not doubt be recorded by our historians,” he wrote.

On Tuesday, a joint sitting of parliament in Jamaica paid tribute to the 71-year-old, who spoke of her journey to the House in 1976, her nine terms representing St Andrew South Western, her election to head the People’s National Party and subsequent elevation as head of government.

“It has been quite a journey. I have endured it all – the ridicule, the victories, and defeats. But I have stood tall and remained focused,” Simpson Miller, who is affectionately known as Sister P, said. “I have consistently been able to do so out of the fundamental belief that good will always overcome evil.”

Prime Minister Skerrit said she was a friend who could be relied on for sound advice.

“I have not only seen you as a colleague, but as a friend – a dear and sincere friend – one I could always rely on for sound advice and guidance,” he stated. “While you have retired from active Parliamentary Representation, I have no doubt you will continue working for and on the behalf of the people of Jamaica. Hugs and kisses to you my dear Sister P. From your son (as you always affectionately referred to me). God’s blessings always, Roosevelt.”

Simpson Miller’s resignation as MP took effect last Wednesday.

Simpson Miller retired after 43 years in politics. Photo: Jamaica Observer 

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  1. Mahaut
    June 30, 2017

    U mister skirooo should do the dam same thing. If you don’t just think of the helicopter over Venezuela we have the same plan for u..

  2. Emile Dominique
    June 29, 2017

    Thanks Sister P. Enjoy your retirement. Hope you can still inspire Skerrit to focus with tenacity for 25 more years. The Doc must go on. Skerrit must go on, on, on……..

  3. June 29, 2017

    As a child growing up in Trinidad, there was a radio soap opera, the name was “PORTIA FACES LIFE”, my point is that former prime minister Portia Simpson did face life in the world of male dominated politics. As a woman in political leadership, tremendous obstacles was placed in her way, especially coming from a developing island like Jamaica, what was her accomplishments? depending on who you ask, there will be many variables, just like Dominica , it is not easy to govern and deliver the peoples wishes , not having the resources needed. Jamaica, have moved from having a currency higher than the USA in the 60′ to what it is presently, like all former SLAVE colonies, poverty is rampant, but the people have been historically vigilant . Their Africaness have propelled them onto the world stage, in music, education, and the arts,and don’t forget their word dominating athletics machine. Per capita, Jamaica have the most women managers in the world,take note DA, an astute woman, yes she…

  4. Da4real
    June 29, 2017

    I’m happy that he recognises her role as a woman in politics however I’m not hearing him memorializing the first ever female prime minister of the Caribbean who happened to be a champion and a Dominican. What are you doing to keep Mamo’s memory alive? Its really true that a prophet is with honour except in his own country.

  5. June 29, 2017

    Such an eloquent, empowering speaker. Gosh, I loved to listen to that lady on a mic. She had a tremendous impact, and made formidable contribution to politics locally, regionally and on an international scale. After 43 years, she truly endured it all. May you have happy rest days.

  6. done&done
    June 29, 2017

    Looks to me like he
    ‘s checking out something wi :lol:

  7. christine palmer
    June 29, 2017

    Christine Palmer- Big up my priminister!!!

  8. June 29, 2017

    Well said Mr Prime Minister, she is a true inspiration! A solid, extraordinary black woman! You will be missed in the ring, my dear.

  9. June 29, 2017

    I love this lady, a real champion in Caribbean politics! Congrats on your retirement and all the best!

    June 29, 2017

    AND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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