On 11 September 2008 Hamilton Lashley MP, for St. Michael South-East announced he would cross the floor and no longer be a member of the Barbados Labour Party, but would instead become an independent. His defection brought the BLP as Opposition down to nine seats for the remainder of the Parliamentary session. He later decided to join the ruling DLP party.
DLP leader David Thompson was sworn in as Prime Minister on January 16. After David Thompson died in October 2010 a by-election was held on January 2011 to fill his vacant seat for St. John in Parliament.