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Freundel Jerome Stuart
(27 April 1951 - )
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The Right Honourable Freundel Jerome Stuart, QC, MP
Prime Minister of Barbados

Freundel Jerome Stuart QC MP (born 27 April 1951) is the seventh Prime Minister of Barbados. He succeeded David Thompson, who died on 23 October 2010 of pancreatic cancer. He is a member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Often portrayed by those who know him well as very erudite and politically astute, as well as one who brings a philosophical approach to most issues, The Honourable Freundel Jerome Stuart, Q.C., M.P., still possesses that common touch that propelled him into elective politics almost 20 years ago and endears him to his St. Michael South constituents.

Early life and education

Born on 27 April 1951, and raised in the rural parish of St. Philip, a stone's throw away from the familiar Six + Roads landmark, the quiet, unassuming intellectual credits his late mother, Eulene Stuart, with instilling the core values that have guided and sustained him since childhood.  His father passed away when he was 9 years old.

He was educated at the St. Marks Boys' and St. Martin's Junior, Schools in St. Philip, before entering the Christ Church Boys' Foundation School (now the Christ Church Foundation School) in 1960.  There he came under the tutelage and influence of his mentor, headmaster Lee Harford Skeete (Latin and Law), as well as teachers Gilpin Jones (Spanish) and Colin "Couchie" Reid (Latin).

However, it was his classics teacher and counsellor, Lee Harford Skeete, who had the greatest effect on him at school.  Small wonder he delved into classical studies during his latter years at Boys' Foundation and ever since thereafter.  Indeed, such was the impact that Mr. Skeete had on him, that he resolved at an early age to pursue a legal career.  His Law Chambers were named "Harford Chambers" after Lee Harford Skeete.

Career

On graduating from Boys' Foundation School, Freundel Stuart taught Spanish and History at the Princess Margaret Secondary School, where he again rubbed shoulders with school friends like Robert (Bobby) Morris, Anthony Wiltshire, the late Cameron Taylor, and others.   He studied for and obtained a B.A. honours degree in Political Science and History from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in 1975.

He later re-entered the Cave Hill Campus, this time the Faculty of Law, and began studies which led to the LL.B. (Hons.) degree in 1980.

From 1980 to 1982 he pursued the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Public International Law also at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, before proceeding to the Hugh Wooding Law School to pursue the Legal Education Certificate.

Mr. Stuart was called to the Barbados Bar in 1984 where he practised Criminal and, later, Civil Law.

His interest in politics was piqued from the early 1960's.   This drove him to join the Democratic Labour Party officially in 1970.  "This Party", he said, "has always subscribed to and promoted the ideals and principles that I hold dear."

He has been a stalwart of the Democratic Labour Party and has functioned in various capacities and executive positions in the Party, including that of President.

He entered elective politics in 1994, in the St. Philip South Constituency when he was successful and remained in Parliament until 1999.  He lost that seat in the elections of that year.   He later switched ridings, and returned to Parliament after the 2008 general elections, which saw the Democratic Labour Party recapturing the reins of government with a 20-10 result.

Prior to that, he served in the Upper House (Senate) from 2003 to 2007.

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.

In 2014, Stuart became a member of the Queen’s Privy Council, and accorded the title “Right Honourable”.

Over the years, he has supported many community organisations, including the Dayrells United Achievers Community Club and the Notre Dame Sports Club.

Honours and awards

In 2016, Stuart was given the insignia of the Order of Roraima, Guyana’s second highest national award in recognition of his support for the rights of small island and low coastal developing states, his advocacy for the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) demand for reparations for citizens, and his contribution to the reduction of the impact of climate change in the region.

Personal life

An avid reader, thinker and disciplinarian, he also lists poetry, classical literature and history as areas that consume much of the spare time he finds.

Mr. Stuart is single and the father of one daughter, Julienne, who is a sociology graduate of the University of the West Indies.

Resources

PHOTO GALLERY
PM Stuart Swearing in
Freundel Stuart being sworn in as Prime Minister
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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at United Nations 2011
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Prime Minister Freundel Stuart with primary students
VIDEO GALLERY
Address to the United Nations General Assembly 27 Sep 2011
Independence Message 2012
Hon Freundel Stuart - Report to the Nation
DOCUMENT LIBRARY
30 November 2013
Independence Day Message 2013
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30 November 2012
Independence Day Message 2012
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19 August 2012
Address to 57th Annual Conference of the Democratic Labour Party, 19 August 2012
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7 May 2012
Opening of the Sustainable Energy For All Conference, 7 May 2012
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24 September 2011
Address to the United Nations General Assembly on 24 September 2011
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30 November 2010
Independence Day Message 2010
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22 August 2010
Address to Annual Conference of the Democratic Labour Party, 22 August 2010
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7 June 2010
Feature Address to Ninth Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting, 7 June 2010
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27 May 2010
Inaugural Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, 27 May 2010, Washington, D.C.
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Sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freundel_Stuart
http://barbados.gov.bb/pm.htm
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OCCUPATION: Lawyer, Politician
 
BORN: 27 April 1951
BIRTHPLACE: St. Philip, Barbados
 
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados: 16 January 2008 - 23 October 2010
Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs: : 16 January 2008 - 23 October 2010
Prime Minister of Barbados: 23 October 2010 - Present
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