Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford 4th Prime Minister of Barbados

Sir Llyod Erskine Sandiford joins his son Garth Sandiford on the Chattin In Manhattan Show for a chat about his life and successes at his home in Barbados West Indies.

Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford (1937 – ) was the 4th Prime Minister of Barbados. Born on March 24 1937, Sandiford was a politician, scholar and educator, author and diplomat.

Sandiford was educated at Coleridge and Parry School. Like Adams and Barrow before

Erskine Sandiford with President George H.W. Bush

Erskine Sandiford with President George H.W. Bush

him, young Sandiford continued his studies at Harrison College. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica where he served as President of the Guild (1954). He then pursued a Master’s degree in Economics and Social Studies at the University of Manchester in Britain.

Upon returning to his home country of Barbados, Sandiford joined the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and was appointed to the Senate in 1967 shortly after the country gained Independence (1966).

Swearing in of Erskine Sandiford as Prime Minister 1987

Swearing in of Erskine Sandiford as Prime Minister 1987

Sandiford left the Senate to pursue a seat in the House of Assembly which he won during the 1971 elections.

Upon the sudden death of returning Prime Minister and DLP party leader Errol Barrow in 1987, then Deputy Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford assumed the position of 4th Prime Minister of Barbados. After winning the 1987 general election, Sandiford maintained the position of Prime Minister.

Within the Government of Barbados, Sandiford held many posts including:

» Minister of Education
» Minister of Economic Affairs & Tourism
» Deputy Prime Minister

Other accomplishments include:

» Member of Barbados’ first delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New

Queen Elizabeth II & Prime Minister Sandiford

Queen Elizabeth II & Prime Minister Sandiford

» Member of the Global Peace Council
» Established the Barbados Community College and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic
» Distinguished Fellow (Regional Integration & Public Policy), Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies

With a vision towards the future and self-effacing character, Erskine Sandiford was committed to his country and a true leader of his people.

Sandiford remained in Parliament until 1999 after which he lectured economics and Caribbean politics at the Barbados Community College. In 2000, Sandiford was credited with the highest national honor when he was granted the rank and title of Knight of St. Andrew.

In 2009, Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford received an honourary LLD at UWI’s Cave Hill Campus. The same year, he became Ambassador to China. Sandiford is the first Barbadian Prime Minister to be appointed Ambassador to a foreign country.


Administration of Prime Minister Lloyd Erskine Sandiford

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