Dick Sawle

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The Honourable
Dick Sawle
Dick Sawle.jpg
Member of the Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly
for Stanley
In office
5 November 2009 – 7 November 2013
Preceded by John Birmingham
Succeeded by Michael Poole
Personal details
Born 1954 (age 62–63)
Sheffield, England
Nationality Falkland Islander
Political party Nonpartisan
Spouse(s) Judith
Children Jamie and Felicity
Alma mater University of Liverpool

Richard "Dick" Sawle (born 1954) is a British born, Falkland Islands politician, who has served as Complaints Commissioner since 15 January 2014 and previously served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Stanley constituency from 2009 until 2013.[1]

Sawle was born in Sheffield and brought up in Leyland, Lancashire. He went on to study Spanish, South American Studies and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. In 1986 Sawle emigrated to the Falkland Islands, working as a teacher at Stanley Senior School for the next two years. In 1988 he married Judith and they founded the fishing company Seaview Ltd. Sawle became a Justice of the Peace in 1999, and in 2009 he retired from his company and was elected to the Legislative Assembly.[2]

Following the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War in 2012 and the sovereignty referendum in 2013, Sawle began a campaign to promote the interests of the Falkland Islanders internationally. This included attending parliamentary and business meetings in Brazil,[3] Uruguay,[4] and other Latin American nations. Sawle also appeared on Newsnight,[5] The Daily Politics[6] and wrote an editorial in The Guardian[7] to further promote the Falklands in the UK. Sawle did not stand for re-election in the 2013 general election. In January 2014 Sawle was appointed Complaints Commissioner for the Falklands by Governor Nigel Heywood.[8]


  1. ^ "Dick Sawle bio". Falkland Islands Government. falklands.gov.fk. Archived from the original on 16 December 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Election Candidate – Dick Sawle". wordpress.com. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Falklands’ lawmaker begins round of contacts in Brazil’s main cities". MercoPress. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Falklands’ lawmaker arrives in Uruguay to inform on business opportunities in the Islands". MercoPress. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Falkland Islands dispute intensifies as anniversary nears". BBC News. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Falkland Islands: Argentina renews Las Malvinas claim". BBC News. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Dick Sawle (6 February 2013). "Argentina must respect the rights of Falkland Islanders". BBC News. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Falklands further advances democracy and names Complaints Commissioner". MercoPress. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.