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The Honourable
 David John Howard Thompson 

Assumed office 
16 January 2008
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Clifford Husbands
Deputy Freundel Stuart
Preceded by Owen Arthur
Constituency Saint John

Born 25 December 1961 (1961-12-25) (age 48)
London, United Kingdom
Political party Democratic Labour Party
Spouse(s) Marie-Josephine Mara[1]
Residence Ilaro Court 2008 - Present
Profession Lawyer

David John Howard Thompson, MP (born 25 December[1] 1961, London[2][3]) has been the Prime Minister of Barbados since January 2008.

Thompson came to politics in a by-election after the death of National Hero Prime Minister Errol Barrow, gaining his parliamentary seat for Saint John in 1987.[2][3]

Whilst Erskine Sandiford was in office as Prime Minister, Thompson served as Minister of Community Development and Culture from 1991 to 1993. He was subsequently appointed Minister of Finance from 1993 to 1994. Thompson became leader of the DLP after Sandiford resigned after losing a parliamentary no confidence motion and unsuccessfully led the Democratic Labour Party in elections in 1994 and 1999. He resigned as party leader in September 2000 following his third electoral defeat as party leader in the St. Thomas by-election. However, when party leader Clyde Mascoll switched allegiance to the Barbados Labour Party, Thompson once again became opposition leader[2][3] in January 2006.[2]

The DLP won the general election held on January 15, 2008 with 20 seats against 10 for the Barbados Labour Party, which was led by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur. Thompson was sworn in as Prime Minister on January 16,[4] becoming Barbados' sixth prime minister and the third to serve under the DLP. Thompson was also re-elected to his own seat from St. John constituency with 84% of the vote.[5] He announced his Cabinet on January 19, including himself as Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Development, Labour, Civil Service and Energy; it was sworn in on January 20.


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Preceded by
Owen Arthur
Prime Minister of Barbados


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