Ann-Marie Vaz grandmother witnesses swearing in

April 17, 2019
Member of Parliament for East Portland Ann-Marie Vaz shares a touching moment with her grandmother, Eva May Wright,  before she was sworn in as the new MP.
Member of Parliament for East Portland Ann-Marie Vaz shares a touching moment with her grandmother, Eva May Wright, before she was sworn in as the new MP.

Eva May Wright sat in the visitor's gallery of Gordon House yesterday, and watched her granddaughter, Ann-Marie Vaz, sworn in as member of parliament.

Wright, 99, was featured in an ad for Vaz's campaign where she spoke about the difficulties her granddaughter faced while growing up in Duff House, which is situated on the border of St Elizabeth and Manchester.

"It was rough, because she used to have to carry water on her head, go down to the garden to water the scallion, which is very hard. One day she said to me, Grandma, 'Would you believe that there's going to be better?'," she said in a campaign ad.

Vaz defeated the People's National Party's (PNP) Damion Crawford by 319 votes in the hotly contested by-election in East Portland in April, making her the first woman to hold that seat, and ending the PNP's 30-year stronghold in that constituency. She got 9,989 votes to Crawford's 9,670 votes.

Vaz was sworn in following her victory in the by-election held on Thursday, April 4. This followed the death of the incumbent MP, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, in February.

As a result of the by-election, the ruling Jamaica Labour Party has a 34-29 majority in the Lower House.

Vaz, now joins her husband, Daryl Vaz, who is the MP for West Portland, in Parliament.

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