Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson. (FILE)
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MARA THOMPSON is not contesting the forthcoming general election.
She dropped the stunning news as she entered the House of Assembly yesterday.
Thompson, who first entered Parliament in January 2011, has represented the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in what is considered that party’s most secure seat.
That St John seat she will be vacating had been held by her late husband, former Prime Minister David Thompson, from 1987 when he was elected following the death in office of Prime Minister Errol Barrow. Thompson’s death in office in 2010 led to the January 2011 by-election which his widow easily won.
Thompson’s disclosure ended weeks of speculation about whether she would be facing the poll constitutionally due early in 2018. (GC)
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