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Friday, 22 June 2018 16:46

Uproar In Parliament As MPs Debate Motion Of No Confidence In National Security Minister

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A Motion of No Confidence in the Minister of National Security, Retired Major General Edmund Dillon, was raised in the Lower House of Parliament on Friday.

As he read the Motion, Member of Parliament for Naparima, Rodney Charles, said the Minister of National Security is responsible for ensuring public safety by the maintenance of law and order and the effective oversight of the national security infrastructure. But he maintained Minister Dillon has not delivered on his job description.

Responding to the Motion of No Confidence in Minister Dillon, Member of Parliament for Port of Spain North/St. Ann's West, Stuart Young, said the Opposition is crucial in passing legislation to fight crime.

During the debate, the Parliament descended into uproar as Minister Dillon sought to respond to the Motion of No Confidence against him.

Moments into his contribution, the Minister told Princes Town MP Barry Padarath to "shut up," to the shock of the Opposition Member.

The Princes Town MP would then go on a rant, describing the Minister as "shameful," prompting Mr. Padarath's dismissal from the House.

Minister Dillon would later question the patriotism of the Opposition bench.

In her contribution, Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, questioned the Minister of National Security's commitment to crime fighting, referencing a video of the Point Fortin MP dancing.

She said her administration had been far more effective in handling the crime situation while using the same resources, and she asked if the Government had any new ideas to curb public concern about murders.

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