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Democratic Labour Party (DLP)

On 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.

Thus 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:

Mr. 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. D. Holder
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.

Subsequent 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 SLP 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.

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Current Leader Freundel J. STUART
Founded 27 April 1955
First Election 1955
Last Election 2013
Party Colour Yellow
Symbol Pride of Barbados
Youth Arm Young Democrats
Women's Arm Democratic League of Women
Ideology Social democracy, Democratic socialism, Republicanism
Political Position Centre-left
Status Active
House seats 2013 16/30
   
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POLITICAL LEADERS
Political Leader Entered Office Left Office
Frederick G. SMITH (Chairman) 1955 1956
Charlie F. BROOME (Chairman) 1956 1959
Errol Walton BARROW 1959 1976
Frederick G. SMITH 1976 1978
Errol Walton BARROW 1978 1987
Lloyd Erskine SANDIFORD 1987 1994
David John Howard THOMPSON 1994 2001
Clyde MASCOLL 2001 2004
Freundel Jerome STUART 2004 2006
David John Howard THOMPSON 2006 2010
Freundel Jerome STUART 2010 incumbent
PARTY RESOURCES
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2008 Youth Manifesto DLP 2003 Manifesto DLP 1994 Manifesto
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MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 2013 - present
Freundel Stuart Richard Sealy Steven Blackett Christopher Sinckler
Freundel
STUART

St Michael South
Richard
SEALY

St Michael S.Central
Steven
BLACKETT

St Michael Central
Christopher
SINCKLER

St Michael N.West
Michael Carrington James Paul Stephen Lashley John Boyce
Michael
CARRINGTON

St Michael West
James
PAUL

St Michael W.Central
Stephen
LASHLEY

Ch Ch W.Central
John
BOYCE

Ch Ch South
Ronald Jones Denis Lowe Michael Lashley Adriel Brathwaite
Ronald
JONES

Ch Ch E.Central
Dennis
LOWE

Ch Ch East
Michael
LASHLEY

St Philip North
Adriel
BRATHWAITE

St Philip South
David Estwick Mara thompson Donville Inniss Dennis Kelman
David
ESTWICK

St Phiip West
Mara
THOMPSON

St John
Donville
INNISS

St James South
Denis
KELLMAN

St Lucy
MEMBERS OF THE SENATE 2013 - present
Kerry Ann Ifill Maxine McClean Patrick Todd Patrick Todd
Kerryann
IFILL
Maxine
McCLEAN
Darch
BOYCE
Patrick
TODD
Verla Depeiza Esther Byer-Suckoo Jepter Ince Harry Husbands
Verla
DEPEIZA
Esther
BYER-SUCKOO
Jepter
INCE
Harcourt
HUSBANDS
Irene Sandiford-Garner Reginald Hunte David Durant Andre Worrell
Irene
SANDIFORD-GARNER
Reginald
HUNTE
David
DURANT
Andre
WORRELL
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