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The Honourable
 Orette Bruce Golding 

Assumed office 
11 September 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Kenneth Hall
Patrick Allen
Deputy Kenneth Baugh
Preceded by Portia Simpson-Miller

Assumed office 
January 2005
Preceded by Edward Seaga

In office
January 2005 – 11 September 2007
Preceded by Edward Seaga
Succeeded by Portia Simpson Miller

Member of Parliament
for West Kingston
In office
2005 – Incumbent
Preceded by Edward Seaga

Member of Parliament
for West St. Catherine
In office

Member of Parliament
for Central St. Catherine
In office

Born 5 December 1947 (1947-12-05) (age 62)
Chapelton, Jamaica
Political party JLP
Spouse(s) Lorna Golding
Religion Christianity[citation needed]

Orette Bruce Golding MP (born 5 December 1947) is a Jamaican politician who has been Prime Minister of Jamaica since 2007. Golding, the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), became Prime Minister following his party's slim victory in the 3 September 2007 general election and Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller's concession of defeat two days later. He was sworn in by the Governor-General of Jamaica on 11 September 2007. Golding is the nation's eighth prime minister since independence.[1]

Golding was the founder of the National Democratic Movement (NDM). He was formerly the chairman of the JLP before he and others felt the need to split and form the new NDM in 1995. In 2002, he rejoined the JLP and in November 2003 was again elected chairman of the Party.

He was elected leader of the JLP, and also the leader of the opposition, on 20 February 2005, succeeding Edward Seaga. Golding is a second-generation member of the JLP. His father, Tacius Golding, served as a member of parliament, and Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1962.

He is married to Lorna Golding and has three children, Sherene, Steven, and Ann-Merita.

Bruce Golding is the current M.P of West Kingston and he hosts Jamaica House Live, a monthly talk show.

In May 2008, in an interview with Stephen Sackur of the BBC, he declared that any cabinet formed by him would exclude any M.P. whom he knew to be gay.[2] In previous statements, Golding has stated that he and his party strongly opposed public displays of homosexuality in Jamaica and that he felt that they should continue to be illegal in keeping with Jamaican societal norms. Golding and the JLP have long opposed homosexuality.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Edmond Campbell, "Bruce takes charge - Golding sworn in as Jamaica's eighth Prime Minister", Jamaica Gleaner, 12 September 2007.
  2. ^ Premierminister: Homosexualität ist nicht jamaikanisch,, 23. Mai 2008 (german)
  3. ^ Golding says 'no' to homosexuality Jamaica Observer, 8 July 2007

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Political offices
Preceded by
Portia Simpson-Miller
Prime Minister of Jamaica

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