Freundel Jerome Stuart, PC, QC (born 27 April 1951) is a Barbadian politician who served as Prime Minister of Barbados and Leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) from 23 October 2010 to 21 February 2013; and from 21 February 2013 to 25 May 2018. He succeeded David Thompson, who died in office on 23 October 2010 from pancreatic cancer.
|7th Prime Minister of Barbados|
23 October 2010 – 25 May 2018
|Governor General||Clifford Husbands|
|Preceded by||David Thompson|
|Succeeded by||Mia Mottley|
|Born||27 April 1951|
Saint Philip, British Windward Islands (present day Barbados)
|Political party||Democratic Labour Party|
|Residence||Ilaro Court (2010-2018)|
|Alma mater||University of the West Indies at Cave Hill|
Personal life and educationEdit
An alumnus of the Christ Church Foundation School, Stuart is a graduate of the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill and holds degrees in Political Science and Law. He is a lawyer and his practice encompasses criminal and corporate law.
He has supported several community organisations and sponsors the Dayrells United Achievers Community Club and the Notre Dame Sports Club.
Stuart entered the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in 1970 and served in the Senate of Barbados until 1994. He entered elective politics in 1994 and became a Member of parliament for St. Philip South until he was defeated by Barbados Labour Party representative Anthony Wood in the 1999 Barbadian general election. In 2003, Stuart switched Constituencies to St. Michael South but remained as a member of the Democratic Labour Party, he was defeated by Minister for Tourism and Transport Noel Lynch in the 2003 Barbadian general election. He contested in St. Michael South again in the 2008 Barbadian general election and defeated Noel Lynch this time. He represented the St. Michael South constituency.
Stuart was also appointed in 1995 as Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Interior minister to serve in the Shadow Cabinet of David Thompson. He held those 3 positions until 20 January 2008.
In 2004, Stuart was elected as the Leader and President of the DLP in a leadership election. Stuart narrowly defeated then DLP Leader Clyde Mascoll but remained as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, while Thompson remained as Opposition Leader.
After the Democratic Labour Party won the 2008 Barbadian general election, Stuart was appointed Deputy prime minister, Attorney-General of Barbados and Minister of Home Affairs by Prime Minister David Thompson to serve in his cabinet. Stuart served in those three positions until May 2010.
7th Prime Minister of BarbadosEdit
Stuart served as acting Prime Minister of Barbados since May 2010 when Prime Minister David Thompson became ill with pancreatic cancer. Adriel Brathwaite succeeded Stuart in the positions he then held, namely Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs. Thompson died on 23 October 2010. Leaders of the Democratic Labour Party held an emergency meeting at the party's headquarters in George Street in Bridgetown on the morning of Thompson's death, during which Stuart was chosen as the next Prime Minister.
In 2011, Stuart was appointed as a member of the UN Global Panel on Sustainability.
Stuart had announced changes for Barbados including his intention to turn Barbados into a republic and replace the Queen of Barbados with a ceremonial president as head of state. Ahead of the 2018 General Election Stuart stated if re-elected he would push for removal of Barbados from jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
The DLP lost all of its seats in the May 2018 election to the Barbados Labour Party of Mia Mottley. It was the worst defeat of a sitting government in Barbadian history. Stuart himself was roundly defeated in his own seat, taking only 26.7 percent of the vote. (In September 2020, Mottley's government also proposed removing the Queen as head of state.)
On 1 August 2018, Stuart stepped down as DLP leader and President, and a leadership election was held to fill up the position where the Candidate for Christ Church South Verla De Peiza won unopposed in the election. Verla De Peiza succeeded Stuart on the following day.
Honours and awardsEdit
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- Staff writers (23 October 2010). "Breaking News: Cabinet members to be re-confirmed this afternoon". The Barbados Advocate. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
- Staff writer (23 October 2010). "Stuart sworn in Prime Minister". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 23 October 2010.[dead link]
- De Peiza is new DLP president
- "Barbados elects Mia Mottley as first woman PM". British Broadcasting Corporoation. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
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- Rhonda Thompson (10 July 2010). "Barbados has new Attorney-General". Nation News. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "Winners again". The Barbados Advocate. 22 February 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Rhonda Thompson, "Stuart member of Queen's Privy Council", Nation News, 24 January 2014.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-24. Retrieved 2015-12-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Barbados Prime Minister Wants Out of CCJ
- Report on 2018 election at Caribbean Elections
- "Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state". Retrieved 18 March 2021.
- Chabrol, Denis (25 May 2016). "President Granger confers Order of Roraima on Barbados Prime Minister". Demerara Waves Online News.