Deputy Political Leader of the United Progressive Party Senator Jackie Quinn has officially retired from active politics.
Senator Quinn who was elected back in 2004 became the first female to be elected to the Lower House of Parliament. Since 2005, she also served as acting Prime Minister on several occasions in the former UPP government.
During today’s debate in the Upper House Senator Quinn who made the announcement that she would be bowing out from active politics thanked her colleagues in particular Former Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and current Political Leader of the UPP Harold Lovell who is credited for bringing her into the party.
Though she lost her 2014 re-election bid, Quinn was appointed to serve the 2014 term in the Upper House of Parliament as a Senator. Prior to the 2014 general elections Senator Quinn revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
After undergoing surgery and several months of treatment she announced that it was on remission.
She said that this is the main contributing factor for her decision to retire.
She further went on to give a word of advice to currant and aspiring female politicians encouraging them to continue to make their mark.
Meantime Senator Jackie Quinn has suggested that it is time for members of the Upper House to be elected rather than appointed.
Speaking during the Senate on Tuesday Senator Quinn called for constitutional reform with elected senators being one such change.
She said this will ultimately protect the Senate and give greater independence to the senators.