Saturday, February 24, 2018

Manning turns 68 today


Celebrating quietly: Former prime minister Patrick Manning

Mark Fraser

San Fernando East MP and former prime minister Patrick Manning celebrates his 68th birthday today.

Manning said he intends to spend the day at home with his family.

“I am fine and I will be celebrating quietly,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday.

Manning, who was born in 1946, is the longest-serving parliamentarian in this country, having entered politics at age 24. 

He served as political leader of the People’s National Movement from 1987 to 2010, when he tendered his resignation.

In 2011 Manning suffered a stroke and was treated locally and abroad.

A frail-looking Manning returned to Parliament two years later, in January 2014, after a two-year extended sick leave. His wife, Hazel, was at his side.

Members of Manning’s San Fernando East constituency office said a special surprise was planned for the MP.