Dr. Ronald Robinson has resigned both as a Senator and a Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, with immediate effect.

The first-time senator addressed a letter to Prime Minister Bruce Golding today and said the reasons for his resignation were due to his involvement in the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips affair as well as a medical condition concerning his wife.

Dr. Robinson’s name surfaced in the related scandal on April 27 when it was revealed that while on a visit to Washington on November 20, 2009, he had a brief social encounter with a representative of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips after having declined an invitation by local attorney Harold Brady to attend a meeting at the State Department.

In his letter Dr. Robinson said he resigned because his contact with the US based law firm could have been perceived as inappropriate. He also apologised for this in his letter. Dr. Robinson also said he met with representatives from the law firm twice between November 19 and 20.

Dr . Robinson is the first casualty from the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips affair which has rocked the Jamaica Labour Party government since Prime Minister Bruce Golding revealed he sanctioned his party to contract the firm to lobby the US government over extradition issues.

Story reprinted from Go-Jamaica.com