Three sitting parliamentarians celebrate 23 years each in the National Assembly

The Right Excellent Sir Joseph N. France

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MARCH 21ST 2012 (CUOPM) – Three lawmakers in the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly celebrated 23 years as parliamentarians on Wednesday 21st March.

Parliamentary Representative for St. Christopher 3 (West Basseterre), the Hon. Sam Condor; Parliamentary Representative for St. Christopher 6 (Newton Ground to Harris’), the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas; and Parliamentary Representative for Nevis 9 (Gingerland), the Hon. Vance Amory, won their seats in the March 21, 1989 Federal General Election.

Since then, the six-term lawmakers have been re-elected in 1993, 1995, 2000, 2004 and 2010.

During the past 23 years, Mr. Condor, presently the Deputy Prime Minister and Dr. Douglas, presently Prime Minister and Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, have served 6 years on the opposition benches and 17 years on the government benches.

The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas (left) and The Hon. Sam Condor The Hon. Vance W. Amory

Mr. Amory, Political Leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), has served all 23 years on the opposition benches in the Federal Parliament.

National Hero, The Right Excellent Sir Joseph N. France has the record of 8 terms, having served undefeated for 43 years from 1946 to 1989.

Serving seven terms was First National Hero, The Right Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw (Labour). Mr. Bradshaw did not contest the 1961 elections as he resigned in 1958 to successfully contest the 1958 West Indies Federation Elections. Mr. Bradshaw was re-elected to the local legislature in 1962 after the demise of the West Indies Federation where he served as Minister of Finance.

Serving six terms was Sir C. A. Paul Southwell (Labour).

The Right Excellent Sir Robert L. Bradshaw (second from left); The Right Excellent Sir C. A. Paul Southwell (second from the left) and the Hon. Eugene Walwyn (right).

Current five-term parliamentarians are the Hon. Dr. Earl Asim Martin and Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party.

The past five-term Parliamentarian is the Right Hon. Sir Kennedy Simmonds (PAM).

Past four-terms parliamentarians are Hon. R. J. Gordon (Independent) ; Hon. Simeon Daniel (NRP); Hon. Ivor Stevens(NRP) Hon. Sidney Morris (PAM) and Hon. Hugh Heyliger (PAM).

The lone parliamentarian presently serving three terms is the Hon. Patrice Nisbett, Attorney General (NRP).

Past three-term lawmakers are Hon. Sir Maurice Davis; (Hon. W.F Glasford (Labour); Hon. Eugene Walwyn (United National Movement (UNM); Hon. Fitzroy C.Bryant (Labour); His Excellency Sir Lee L. Moore (Labour); His Excellency Mr.E. St. John Payne (Labour); Hon. Michael Powell (PAM); Hon. Constance Mitcham(PAM); Hon. Joseph Parry (NRP); Hon. Malcolm Guishard (CCM); Hon. Dwyer Astaphan (Labour); Hon. Rupert Herbert (Labour) and Hon. Cedric Liburd (Labour).

Current two-term parliamentarians are Hon. Shawn Richards (PAM) and Hon. Mark Brantley (CCM).

Past two-term parliamentarians are Hon. Thomas Manchester (Workers’League/Labour); Hon. Edgar Challenger (Workers League/Labour); Hon. J. Matthew Sebastian (Workers League (Labour); Hon. Icen Wharton (Labour); Hon. E. A.Kelley (Labour); Hon. Fred Parris (PAM) and Hon. C. E. Mills (Labour); Hon. Roy Jones(PAM).

Present one-term lawmakers are Hon. Marcella Liburd (Labour), Hon. Glenn Phillip (Labour) and Hon. Eugene Hamilton (PAM).

Past one-term parliamentarians are Sir Clement Malone; Hon. Hubert B. Henville; Hon. James Brookes (UNM); Hon.F. Henville; Hon. Wilmoth Nichols (Independent); Hon. S. James; Hon. J.L.Harney; Hon. James Liburd (Worker’s League); Hon. Milton Allen ((Labour); Hon.Ivan De Grasse (Labour/Independent); Hon. Uhral Swanston (NRP) and Hon. Jacinth Henry-Martin (Labour).

NB: Some terms were not a full five-years for some parliamentarians.

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