PRIME MINISTER OF BARBADOS
Often portrayed as very thoughtful, erudite and politically astute, the Hon. Freundel Stuart still possesses that common touch that propelled him into elective politics almost 20 years ago, and now endears him to his St. Michael South constituents.
Born and raised in the rural parish of St. Philip, Freundel credits his late mother, with instilling the core values that have guided and sustained him since childhood. He lost his father when he was 9 years old. He received his secondary education at Foundation Boys’ School, now the Christ Church Foundation School, where he came under the influence of his mentor, headmaster Lee Harford Skeete. On graduating from secondary school, Freundel Stuart taught at the Princess Margaret Secondary School and embarked on a series of studies that earned him a B.A. (Hons) degree, the LL.B. (Hons) degree, the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, all from the University of the West Indies; and the Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School. He was called to the Barbados Bar in 1984.
His interest in politics was piqued from the early 1960’s when the social landscape of Barbados was being transformed by the people-centred philosophy, policies and programmes of the Democratic Labour Party. Since then he has been a stalwart of the DLP and has functioned in various capacities, including that of President.
He successfully entered elective politics in 1994, in the St. Philip South Constituency and remained in Parliament until 1999, when he lost that seat. He served in the Upper House from 2003 to 2007. He returned to the Lower House of Parliament after the 2008 general elections, which the DLP won.
Since 2008, Mr. Stuart has been Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, and Deputy Prime Minister. He acted as Prime Minister from May 2010 when his predecessor, David Thompson, became ill. After Mr. Thompson’s untimely death on October 23, 2010, Mr. Stuart assumed the position of Barbados 7th Prime Minister.
As the product of a close-knit community and as a parent, he knows that it still takes a community to raise a child. It is for this reason that, as Prime Minister of Barbados, he has pursued the vision of Barbados as a caring society. During the past two years his steady hands have helped to stabilize the economy without unravelling the social safety net. He now seeks his own mandate to pursue the DLP dream of a just and prosperous Barbados.
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