Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford was born in the parish of St. Michael, Barbados on March 24th, 1937, and attended the All Saints Boys’ School. He attended the Coleridge and Parry Secondary School, but then completed his secondary school education at Harrison College. From there, he went on to study at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, serving as president of the guild in 1954. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English here and later his Masters in Economics and Social Studies from the University of Manchester.
After completing his studies, Sir Lloyd returned to Barbados and joined the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). In 1967, after Barbados had gained its independence, he was appointed to the Senate. He later vacated his post in the Senate to run in the 1971 elections, where he won a seat in the House of Assembly. Sandiford, under the leadership of Errol Barrow, the then Prime Minister and leader of his party, served in many cabinet positions including Minister of Education and Minister of Economic Affairs and Tourism. When Barrow won the 1986 election, Sir Lloyd was appointed as his deputy. Thus, when Barrow died suddenly in 1987, he was appointed Prime Minister for the remainder of that term, and also led the DLP to victory in the next elections held in 1991.
However, despite serving two terms, his run in office had its hiccups. In 1994, a no confidence motion was brought against him. This was no ordinary motion, as 4 members of his own party broke ranks and voted in support of the no confidence motion against him. There were increasing outcries about his leadership style among members of his own party, but it all came to a head when he controversially appointed a chief executive officer to the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA). Owen Arthur, the leader of the opposition at the time, said:
Erskine Sandiford is no longer fit to be Prime Minister of Barbados. His actions have destroyed the credibility and authority attached to the office of Prime Minister. In the circumstances, the Barbados Labour Party will, as a matter of urgency, introduce into Parliament a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Sandiford, after narrowly winning the vote (the required 15 votes to pass the no confidence motion was not met) called elections prematurely, two years before they were due, but he lost to the Owen Arthur administration of the BLP. Despite losing, he remained in parliament until 1999.
Sir Lloyd also had a keen interest in education. As such, he established both the Barbados Community College (where he taught economics and Caribbean Politics after he left Parliament) and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
Awards and Accomplishments
Sir Lloyd sought to mold the young political minds for the future through his teaching. To aid in this, he also wrote several works including:
Despite the rather stormy end to his reign as Prime Minister, Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford has contributed greatly to the Barbadian society, most notably in his establishment of two tertiary institutions. For this alone, he deserves to be remembered fondly.
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