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Former Prime Minister of Barbados, Lloyd Erskine Sandiford

Former Prime Minister of Barbados, Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford was born

On this day in history on March 24, 1937, the fourth Prime Minister of Barbados, the Right Honorable Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford KA, PC, was born. Sandiford was in office from 1987 to 1994, and from 2010 – 2013 he became Barbados’ first resident ambassador in Beijing, China.

Sandiford was educated at Harrison College, is located in Bridgetown, Barbados and at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Sandiford received his Bachelor of Arts in English from UWI. The former PM also studied at the University of Manchester in England, receiving his Master’s degree in economics and social studies.

In 1987, after his predecessor Errol Barrow died prematurely he was appointed prime minister. Sanford however lost the 1994 elections, losing to his opponent Owen Arthur of the Barbados Labor Party.

Sandiford is an acclaimed author. His most recent publication is Fighting for the Just Society: An Autobiographical Note (2011).

Sandiford was conferred Barbados’ highest honor in 2000 and was made a Knight of St. Andrew (KA) of the Order of Barbados.

Today, the 79 year old former Prime Minister teaches economics and Caribbean politics at the Barbados Community College.

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