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Lester Bryant Bird
(21 February 1938 - )
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Sir Lester Bryant Bird, KHN, MP
Former Prime Minister and National Hero of Antigua and Barbuda

Lester Bryant Bird (born 21 February 1938) was the second Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda from 1994 to 2004.

Early life and education

Lester Bryant Bird was born in New York City on 21 February 1938. He is the son of Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the first Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda after independence, Lester Bryant Bird was educated at Antigua Grammar School, the University of Michigan, and Gray’s Inn, London. Between 1969 and 1976 Bird was a lawyer in private practice.

Career

In 1971 Bird became the chairman of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP), which had been formed by his father in 1946, and entered the Senate as Leader of the Opposition. In 1976 Bird was elected as an MP, and between 1976 and 1991 served as both Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, and Energy. Between 1981 (when Antigua achieved full independence from the United Kingdom) and 1991 he also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in his father’s government. In 1991 he became Minister of External Affairs, Planning, and Trade, and in the general election of March 1994 he was elected Prime Minister, succeeding his father who had retired the previous December.

In March 2004 the ALP was defeated by the United Progressive Party (UPP), with Bird losing his seat in the House of Representatives to Errol Cort. In the election of 2009 he regained his seat.

Bird successfully retained his seat for the Gaston Browne led Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party in the 12 June 2014 election and was appointed to the Cabinet as Senior Minister.

Honours and awards

On 3 November 2014, Bird was named Knight of the Most Exalted Order of National Hero (KNH), Antigua & Barbuda’s highest honour, for his contribution to national development as an outstanding sportsman, lawyer and parliamentarian for 38 years.

ELECTION TIMELINE
Year District Party Votes % votes Result Notes
2014 St. John's Rural East Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party 2,144 57.95% Won 8th Term
2009 St. John's Rural East Antigua Labour Party 1,939 50.26% Won 7th Term
2004 St. John's Rural East Antigua Labour Party 1,767 47.46% Lost Lost to Errol Cort (UPP)
1999 St. John's Rural East Antigua Labour Party 1,704 63.58% Won 6th Term
1994 St. John's Rural East Antigua Labour Party 1,180 76.72% Won 5th Term
1989 St. John's Rural East Antigua Labour Party 1,291 67.10% Won 4th Term
1984 St. John's Rural East Antigua Labour Party 944 83.76% Won 3rd Term
1980 St. John's Rural East Antigua Labour Party 956 68.58% Won 2nd Term
1976 St. John's Rural East Antigua Labour Party 1,001 58.57% Won 1st Term
1971 Barbuda Antigua Labour Party 71 16.82% Lost Lost to Claude-Earl Francis (PLM)
PORTFOLIOS
Post Date
Senior Minister 18 Jun 2014 - 22 Mar 2018
Prime Minister 9 Mar 1994 - 24 Mar 2004
Sources
http://www.ab.gov.ag/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lester_Bird
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Lester Bird
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Occupation Politician, Lawyer
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Date of Birth 21 February 1938
Place of Birth New York City, NY
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Notable Accomplishments
Current parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda: 9 March 1994 - 24 March 2004
National Hero of Antigua and Barbuda
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