‘How do you retire from politics?’ Elderly MP says only constituents can decide his future

Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Mike Henry, receive his Order of Jamaica medal from the Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House on Monday, Oct 21.

Eight-four-year-old Member of Parliament Lester ‘Mike’ Henry has no plans of retiring from politics. In fact, the thought hasn’t even crossed his mind.

“I will let the people decide. I do not know how you retire from politics. The reality must be that it is the people who make that decision, and the constitutional structure helps to make that decision,” said Henry a government minister and MP for Central Clarendon.

He was responding to BUZZ questions as to whether the Order of Jamaica (OJ) honour he received at the National Honours and Awards ceremony at King’s House on Monday (Oct 21) was a signal that he was opting out of politics.

Henry was honoured for 40 years of distinguished public service, political representation and public policy development.

Mike Henry is flanked by Dr Julius Garvey, eldest son of Jamaica’s first National Hero Marcus Garvey and Robert Levy, Chairman of the board of Jamaica Broilers Limited. The three were recipients of the Order of Jamaica.

“Obviously I feel humbled about being honoured for my service to the country and the people and I look forward to continue contributing to a better life for them,” Henry said.