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Legislators pay tribute to Craig

Lionel Craig

Lionel Craig

Political affiliation was set aside in the House of Assembly today as Government and the opposition legislators heaped praises on former minister, the late Lionel Craig.

Leading the tributes was Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, who said the country has lost a true champion.

“For as long as the story of the Barbados Labour Party stands to be told, the name of Lionel Seymour Craig shall rank high, high, high in it. And as long as people in Barbados speak of those politicians who were champions of the masses, who fought for the ordinary man, who related instinctively to give people a sense of comfort, confidence and the ability to know that there was empathy among those who sat in the corridors in the House, Lionel Craigs name shall also be called,” she said.

Part of her message was directed to Craig’s widow and daughter, who were in the House for the tributes.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, an acquaintance of Craig’s since the 1960s, described him as flamboyant, charming, having a quick wit and one of the best orators of the BLP.

“He served the country very well,” Stuart said, as he recalled Craig’s decision to get involved in politics to assist in rebuilding the BLP following its defeat at the polls.

“He ranks as one of the great Barbadians of that era,” he said.

Other members of the house also spoke of Craig’s outstanding contribution to Barbados.

The former MP, hailed as a successful insurance agent prior to joining politics, died on March 9.


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