St. MICHAEL SOUTH
The Right Honourable Freundel Stuart Q.C. has continued to poise himself as a shrewd and astute leader. He has stood against all obstacles and has unremittingly led this country in a firm and resolute manner. His leadership is characterised by making the decisions that would guarantee that Barbados remains on the pathway to progress and this has led to him overseeing the development, evolution and enrichment of this country on several fronts. Freundel stands firmly by a vision to see Barbadians obtain the best that is available in all spheres of life.
As a man of humble beginnings, Freundel has been the perfect example of perseverance and determination. Even though he has been elevated to the office of Prime Minister, he remains in touch with the everyday needs of the each and every citizen in this island and the improvement of their existence remains high on his list of priorities.
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, even after the death of his father at the tender age of nine (9). 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 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 DLP. 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.
Tasked with leading our island in a time fraught with economic uncertainty, our Prime Minister has remained steadfast in his leadership and has eroded the obstacles with which we were faced. Under his leadership, our island has:
- Remained world class in Tourism
- Championed the rights of workers through the Employment Rights Act and the Employment Rights Tribunal
- Revolutionised education through the expansion of sixth form and nursery school education
- Introduced the Renewable Energy sector
- Introduced legislation to protect the differently able
- Introduced a National Youth Policy
This is not an exhaustive list of the achievements of this leader. Under his tenure, he has sought to ensure that each section of our population has been touched in a positive manner.
As the DLP seeks a third term in office, Freundel continues to keep the welfare of the common man high on his priority list. He has silenced the naysayers as he continues to keep this island afloat with goals which state this island must remain socially balanced, economically viable and environmentally sound.
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