Sir Philip Greaves, KA, QC

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Sir Philip Greaves, KA, QC

Sir Philip Marlowe Greaves, KA, QC, was born in Barbados on January 19, 1931. He is a former Deputy Prime Minister and holds Barbados’ highest honour, Knight of St. Andrew. In 1965, at the invitation of the then Premier, Errol Walton Barrow, Sir Philip entered politics, and joined Cabinet as Leader of the Senate and Minister without Portfolio.

During his first year, Sir Philip, along with three other Cabinet Ministers, was co-opted to work on the Constitution for an independent Barbados. He also had the privilege of contributing to negotiations for Barbados’ Independence at the Constitutional Conference, which was held in London in 1966.

Of that delegation which was chosen to attend the conference, Sir Philip is the only surviving member. Former Member of Parliament, Sir Henry Forde, who is still alive today, was an adviser to the Barbados Labour Party delegation, which was led by the late Freddy Miller.

The former Member of Parliament first held the portfolio of Home Affairs from 1966 to 1971, and as such, was responsible for the legislation that created the single member constituency. Between 1971 and 1994, he also held various portfolios, including that of Housing, Lands, Labour and National Insurance and subsequently Minister of International Transport, Telecommunications and Immigration. In 1987, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the House of Assembly, and acted a Prime Minister on several occasions.

Sir Philip represented the constituency of St. Michael North West as it was first called. Following a name change in 1981, it was renamed St. Michael North. With an aim to bring housing solutions to Barbadians, Sir Philip can be credited for the development of low-income housing at Eden Lodge and low to middle-income housing in areas such as Lodge Terrace, Lodge Crescent, Wanstead, Oxnard’s, North Wildey and Friendship Terrace.

In Parliament, Sir Philip was an avid debater and at various times, had the rare distinction of holding the positions of Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Leader of the House of Assembly.

He can also be credited with implementing the Succession Act, which among other things, abolished the right of primogeniture and acknowledged the principle of “union other than marriage”. At the end of the Parliamentary term in 1994, Sir Philip retired from elective politics. In 2009, he received the accolade of Knight of St. Andrew for his extraordinary and outstanding achievement and merit in service to Barbados. Sir Philip Greaves has acted as Governor-General on many occasions and on July 1, 2017, was sworn in to act as Governor-General of Barbados following the retirement of Sir Elliott Belgrave, GCMG, KA.

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