House of Assembly of Barbados

Barbados Parliament of Barbados Barbados Labour Party
House of Assembly
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Joseph Atherley[1], People’s Party for Democracy and Development
since 01 June 2018
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Political groups
Her Majesty's Government
Political groups
Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
  •      People’s Party for Democracy and Development (1)
Last election
24 May 2018
Next election
Meeting place
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House of Assembly chamber
St. Michael,
Barbados, West Indies
The House of Assembly
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The House of Assembly is the lower house of the bicameral Parliament of Barbados. It has 30 Members of Parliament (MPs), who are directly elected in single member constituencies using the simple-majority (or First-past-the-post) system for a term of five years. The House of Assembly sits roughly 40–45 days a year.

The Barbadian House of Assembly chamber is located in the east-wing of The Public Buildings on Broad Street, in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Speaker of the House becomes the thirty-first member when there is a tie vote.

Oath or affirmation

Under section 59 of the constitution, before entering upon the functions of his or her office, the MPs must take the oath of allegiance and the oath of office. According to the "First Schedule" section of the Constitution of Barbados, the official Oath of office for the Prime Minister, Ministers of Parliament, and Parliamentary Secretaries of Barbados is as follows:

I, _________________________, being appointed (Prime Minister/Minister/Parliamentary Secretary), do swear that I will do the best of my judgement, at all times when so required, freely give my counsel and advice to the Governor General (or any other person for the time being lawfully performing the functions of that office) for the good management of the public affairs of Barbados, and I do further swear that I will not on any account, at any time whatsoever, disclose the counsel, advice, opinion or vote of any particular Minister or Parliamentary Secretary and that I will not, except with the authority of the Cabinet and to such extent as may be required for the good management of the affairs of Barbados, directly or indirectly reveal the business or proceedings of the Cabinet or the nature or contents of any documents communicated to me as (Prime Minister/Minister/Parliamentary Secretary) or any matter coming to my knowledge in my capacity as such and that in all things I will be a true and faithful (Prime Minister/Minister/Parliamentary Secretary), so Help me God.

Next election

The Constitution of Barbados reads, in part:

The previous Parliament first sat on 6 March 2013, and was constitutionally dissolved on 6 March 2018. The next election is constitutionally required to be held in 2023 at the latest.

Latest elections

Summary of the 24 May 2018 Barbados House of Assembly election results
Party Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Barbados Labour Party 111,968 74.58 +26.35 30 +16
Democratic Labour Party 33,985 22.64 –28.67 0 –16
Solutions Barbados 4,188 2.79 0 New
United Progressive Party 1,965 1.31 0 New
Coalition of United Parties 580 0.39 +0.28 0 0
Independents 1,059 0.71 +0.35 0 0
Total 150,141 100 30 0
Registered voters/turnout 255,833 60.00 –2.02
Source: Caribbean Elections

With a single party elected to all 30 seats, Bishop Joseph Atherley chose to become an independent politician and take the role of official Leader of the Opposition.[1][3]

Previous elections

In previous elections the National Democratic Party (NDP), the Barbados National Party (BNP), the Conservatives and Independents also won seats besides the two big parties - the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). The DLP had been in opposition since 6 September 1994. Fourteen years later when they won a surprise victory of 20 seats to 10 on 15 January 2008, DLP Leader David Thompson was sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Barbados. Freundel Stuart was sworn in on 23 October 2010 because of the death of the Prime Minister Thompson, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2010. Two months later in May 2010 he became ill when the then Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had started, and five months later he was sworn in on 23 October 2010 as the 7th Prime Minister of Barbados. On 23 February 2013 he was sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Barbados by obtaining sixteen out of thirty seats. The general elections of 21 February 2013 were one of the closest election Barbados has ever seen.

Election   BLP     DLP    NDP    BNP   Conservatives Independents
24 May 2018 30
21 February 2013 14 16
15 January 2008 10 20
21 May 2003 23 7
20 January 1999 26 2
6 September 1994 19 8 1
21 January 1991 10 18
28 May 1986 3 24
18 June 1981 17 10
2 September 1976 17 7
9 September 1971 6 18
3 November 1966 8 14 2
4 December 1961 5 14 4 1
6 December 1956 15 4 3 2
13 December 1951 10 1 1

See also


  1. ^ a b "Bishop Atherley now Leader of the Opposition | Barbados Advocate". www.barbadosadvocate.com. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Constitution of Barbados" (PDF). Government of Barbados. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Atherley sworn in as Opposition Leader". www.nationnews.com. 1 June 2018.