Freundel Stuart

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The Right Honourable
Freundel Stuart
Freundel Stuart.jpg
Prime Minister of Barbados
Assumed office
23 October 2010
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Clifford Husbands
Sandra Mason (Acting)
Elliott Belgrave
Preceded by David Thompson
Personal details
Born (1951-04-27) 27 April 1951 (age 65)
Saint Philip, Barbados
Political party Democratic Labour Party
Alma mater University of the West Indies

Freundel Jerome Stuart, PC, QC, MP (born 27 April 1951)[1][2] is the seventh Prime Minister of Barbados.[3][4] succeeded David Thompson, who died on 23 October 2010 of pancreatic cancer.[5][6] He is a member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).


Personal life and career[edit]

Stuart was born in Saint Philip, Barbados.[7] He is single as of October 2010 and is the father of one daughter.[8]

An alumnus of the Christ Church Foundation School, Stuart is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds degrees in Political Science and Law.[8] He is a lawyer and his practice encompasses criminal and corporate law.[8]

He has supported several community organizations and sponsors the Dayrells United Achievers Community Club and the Notre Dame Sports Club.[6]

Political career[edit]

Freundel Stuart has for several years been a stalwart of the Democratic Labour Party and has served in many capacities including that of President. He represents the St. Michael South constituency.

7th Prime Minister of Barbados[edit]

Stuart served as acting Prime Minister of Barbados since May 2010 when Prime Minister David Thompson became ill with pancreatic cancer.[8] Adriel Brathwaite succeeded Stuart in the positions he then held, namely Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs.[9] Thompson died on October 23, 2010.[7] Leaders of the Democratic Labour Party held an emergency meeting at the party's headquarters on George Street in Bridgetown on the morning of Thompson's death, during which Stuart was chosen as the next Prime Minister.[7]

Stuart was sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Barbados the same day by Governor-General Clifford Husbands.[7]

In 2011, Stuart was appointed as a member of the UN Global Panel on Sustainability.

Stuart won his first election as Prime Minister on February 21, 2013, defeating Barbados Labour Party challenger (for his constituency) Noel Lynch.[10]

On January 24, 2014, Stuart became a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.[11]

Stuart has since announced his intention to turn Barbados into a republic and replacing the Queen of Barbados with a ceremonial president as head of state.[12]


  1. ^ "Caribbean MBA Conference". Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  2. ^ "BGIS Media - Biography - Deputy Prime Minister". Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  3. ^ Staff writers (23 October 2010). "Breaking News: Cabinet members to be re-confirmed this afternoon". The Barbados Advocate. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Staff writer (23 October 2010). "Stuart sworn in Prime Minister". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 23 October 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Staff writer. "Urgent Barbados Death: Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson is dead". Caribbean News Agency (CANA). Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "New Barbados PM to be sworn in". RJR News. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Barbados' Seventh PM". Trinidad & Tobago's Newsday. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Meet Barbados' New Prime Minister". CaribWorldNews. 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  9. ^ "Barbados has new Attorney-General". Nation News. 2010-07-10. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  10. ^ "Winners again". The Barbados Advocate. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
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Political offices
Preceded by
David Thompson
Prime Minister of Barbados