Ian Hayles

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Ian Dave Hayles (born 1972) is a Jamaican politician with the People's National Party. He has been a Member of the Parliament of Jamaica since 2007, and State Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries since 2012.


Hayles returned to Jamaica from abroad hoping in 2000 to contribute to Jamaica's development, and wrote to PNP Prime Minister P. J. Patterson with the aim of getting involved in politics. However he ended up joining the Jamaica Labour Party instead.[1] He rose to the position of president of the JLP affiliate group Generation 2000, but in the end resigned from the JLP along with Norman Horne and ran under the PNP banner for the Hanover Western seat in the September 2007 election.[2] His victory made him one of the youngest MPs.[1]

However, soon after the election the defeated JLP candidate Donovan Hamilton filed an election petition in the Supreme Court, challenging Hayles' eligibility to be nominated due to his U.S. citizenship.[3] On 23 October 2007, Hayles swore an oath of renunciation of U.S. nationality and submitted his U.S. passport for cancellation; the U.S. State Department later issued him a Certificate of Loss of Nationality dated 25 October 2007.[4] The court case still was not resolved by January 2012, though there were suggestions that Hamilton and Hayles might settle.[3]

After the December 2011 election, PM Portia Simpson-Miller appointed Hayles the new State Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries under minister Roger Clarke.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hayles was born in George's Plain, Westmoreland Parish, a PNP stronghold. His mother Pauline Brown was an organiser for the PNP. He later moved to Blenheim, Hanover Parish and then to Cave Hill in the same parish, and then emigrated to the United States with his family at age 13. He attended university there before returning to Jamaica.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Luton, Daraine (2007-09-30). "'Labour didn't work': The Ian Hayles story". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Ian Hayles: I am 100% confident I will win". Jamaica Gleaner. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  3. ^ a b Gayle, Barbara; Reynolds, Jerome (2012-01-11). "Ian Hayles’ dual citizenship case soon to be resolved". Go Jamaica. Retrieved 2012-05-13. 
  4. ^ Douglas, Luke (2011-04-08). "JLP says documents prove Hayles was US citizen when elected". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Welcome back Roger Clarke and congratulations Ian Hayles". Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 

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