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the night of 27th 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.
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:
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. 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 D.L.P. 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.
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 December 5th 1961
the Democratic Labour Party won 14 of the 24 seats in the
Barbados House of Assembly.