Harold Bernard St. John
Sir Harold Bernard St. John, KA (16 August 1931 – 29 February 2004) was a Barbadian politician who served as the third prime minister of Barbados from 1985 to 1986. He was leader of the Barbados Labour Party from 1970 to 1971 and again from 1985 to 1987. He was widely known as Bree.
Sir Harold Bernard St. John
|3rd Prime Minister of Barbados|
11 March 1985 – 29 May 1986
|Preceded by||J.M.G. (Tom) Adams|
|Succeeded by||Errol Barrow|
|Constituency||Christ Church South|
|Born||16 August 1931|
Christ Church, British Windward Islands, (present day Barbados)
|Died||29 February 2004 (aged 72)|
|Political party||Barbados Labour Party|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Stella St. John (nee Hope)|
|Residence||Ilaro Court 1985–1986|
St. John was born in the Parish of Christ Church and attended the Christ Church Foundation School. He was professionally trained as a lawyer at the University College London. In 1959, before the island became independent from the United Kingdom, St. John joined the Barbados Labour Party, and after independence in 1966, he was elected to the Barbados House of Assembly. He served as a member of the Upper Chamber between 1971 and 1976 as a member of the Opposition party.
St. John left the Upper House when he was re-elected to the House of Assembly in 1976, when his party under J.M.G. Adams won the election. He served in numerous cabinet positions in the 1970s including deputy prime minister, minister of trade and industry, and minister of tourism where he did his most influential work in developing the tourism industry in Barbados. When Adams died in 1985, St. John became Prime Minister. During his tenure as prime minister, he held the additional portfolio of Minister of Finance. The following year he was defeated in the elections by Errol Barrow and the Democratic Labour Party.
In 1994 when the BLP regained power, he did not return to the Cabinet and served instead as a backbencher under Owen Arthur. That same year St. John was conferred the highest honour in Barbados; he was made a Knight of St. Andrew (KA) of the Order of Barbados.
- "3rd Prime Minister Sir Harold Bernard St. John 1985 - 1986". Totally Barbados.