Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has described late Barbados Labour Party (BLP) stalwart Lionel ‘Lammie’ Craig as “a giant in the politics of St. James and Barbados for more than three decades and an important and loyal member of the BLP.”
In a tribute to Craig, who died this morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mottley said he was the consummate politician who knew how to connect with people and how to represent them.
“Lionel Seymour Craig was a champion of the BLP and a man of the people, for the people,” she said.
“Lionel represented one of the few remaining links with our founding leader the Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams. Sir Grantley would have persuaded Lionel to run back in 1966 after joining the BLP the day after it was defeated in 1961. He brought his tremendous people skills as a successful insurance agent to the task of representing people and improving the lives of ordinary Barbadians, especially the aged.
“Most young Barbadians will not know of Lionel’s great service as a prolific and energetic Minister of Housing between 1976 and 1981, being responsible for major housing developments at Haynesville and Bagatelle extensions, Ferniehurst, Rosemont, Wotton and West Terrace and Oxnards just to mention a few. He also served as Leader of Government Business and acted as Prime Minister on numerous occasions.
“At a personal level, I recall his tremendous support and advice through the years. He was always there for young politicians to share of his experience and knowledge,” Mottley added.
The BLP leader extended condolences to Craig’s widow and children.