the night of 27 April 1955, twenty-six persons met at "Glenhurst",
Lands End, St. Michael, Barbados. They represented varied
backgrounds and outlooks. Some had already had considerable
experience in Politics, because four of them were then members
of the House of Assembly, and two of them had sat in that
Chamber some years before. By the time the meeting ended,
twenty-five people had started something that would change
the course of Barbadian history.
was the Democratic Labour Party born. At the "Glenhurst"
meeting, the Constitution of the Party, which was to come
into force on 1st May, 1955, was adopted by the following
foundation members who formed the first Provisional General
Council of the Party:
O. T. Allder
Mr. E. W. Barrow
Mr. J. Best
Mr. O. Blackman
Mr. J. M. Bonnett
Mr. J. M. Brathwaite
Mr. L. B. Brathwaite
Mr. L. D. Burrowes
Mr. H. Coulston
Mr. D. Farrell
Mr. C. A. Gill
Mr. A. E. S. Lewis
Mr. A. H. Lewis
Mr. F. G. Smith
Mr. H. Springer
Mr. J. B. Springer, Snr.
Mr. J. B. Springer, Jnr.
Mr. D. Straker
Miss. E. Tudor
Mr. J. C. Tudor
Mr. L. Wood
The period between the formation of the D.L.P. in 1955 and
the formation of the first DLP Government in 1961 was a
simple story of initial defeat and discouragement turned into
victory through perseverance and hard work. In the 1956 General
Election only four of the D.L.P's sixteen candidates were
successful. In the time following Mr. (later Sir) Theodore
Brancker served as the Leader of the Opposition and Mr. C.
F. Broome was the Party Chairman.
to the death of Mr. Charlie Broome in 1959, Mr. Errol Barrow
was elected Chairman and in this capacity led the Party into
the momentous General Election of 1961. On 5 December 1961,
the Democratic Labour Party won 14 of the 24 seats in the
Barbados House of Assembly.
After the party retained power in the 1966 elections (this time with a plurality of the vote), Barrow became the country's first Prime Minister. The party won a third successive election in 1971, but lost power to the BLP in 1976. They remained in opposition until victory in the 1986 elections, in which they won 24 of the 27 seats, and Barrow was returned as Prime Minister.
Barrow died one year after returning to office and leadership of the party and country was turned over to his eputy, Eriskine Sandiford. The DLP remained in office following the 1991 elections under Sandiford's leadership, but were defeated by the BLP in the 1994 elections.
The DLP returned to office again in January 2008 under the leadership of David Thompson. However, Thompson died in office in October 2010, and leadership of the party and country was turned over to his deputy, Freundel Stuart. The party won a second term in office in 2013 under the leadership of Stuart.
For the first time in its poitical history, the DLP failed to win any seats in the 24 May 2018 general election.
||Freundel J. STUART
||27 April 1955
||Pride of Barbados
|| Democratic League of Women
||Social democracy, Democratic socialism, Republicanism
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