Hamilton Fitzgerald Lashley
Former Cabinet Minister, Barbados
Hamilton Lashley is a Barbadian community organiser, politician, and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Hamilton Fitzgerald Lashley was born on 8 May 1952 in Barbados. Hammie, as he is widely known, attended St. Giles Boys' School, St. Matthias Boys' School, Water Street Boys' School, Parkinson Memorial Secondary School, and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
Lashley was a Special Assignment Officer with the National Assistance Board before entering the political arena in 1994. Lashley, running as a candidate for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) defeated incumbent Delisle Bradshaw of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in a three-way race that included Grenville Barrow of the National Democratic Party (NDP).
Lashley crossed the floor to join the then ruling Barbados Labour Party four years later when he was appointed Minister of Social Transformation in the Owen Arthur Administration.
In 1999, Lashley, then running as BLP candidate successfully retained his seat against Bradshaw, who was then running as a DLP candidate. Lashley was successfully re-elected in the 2003 and 2008 elections on the BLP ticket.
In 2006, Lashley was removed from the Cabinet, but appointed as Special Advisor on Poverty Eradication and the Millennium Development Goals.
In September 2008, Lashley announced that he would be sitting as an independent when Parliament reconvened on 7 October 2008. Shortly thereafter he returned to the DLP.
Lashley retired from elective politics prior to the February 2013 general election.
At the community level, Lashley has served as President of Regents Sports Club & Pinelands Creative Workshop; Coordinator of the Pinelands Development Council; Advisor to the Haggatt Hall Brothers & Sisters Organisation; and Coordinator of the National Assistance Board Senior Citizens Drama Group.