The man who wrote a book on Errol Barrow now wants to follow in his footsteps and lead the troubled Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
Reverend Guy Hewitt, author of a 2016 tribute to the Father of Independence and National Hero for Barbados’ 50th Independence anniversary, has thrown his hat into the leadership ring, according to a press release issued late Thursday.
The Anglican cleric turned diplomat is vying for either president or general secretary at the party’s 63rd Annual Conference this weekend at the George Street Auditorium.
The release did not state which post he was contesting, but Hewitt is expected to be here for Sunday’s session, after wrapping up his stint as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom under the DLP administration.
Hewitt has been named along with Damien Griffith, Andre Worrell and Guyson Mayers, who want to take “fresh guard” and rebuild the party after the most crushing election defeat in Barbadian political history, party sources have told Barbados TODAY.
The recent indictment of former Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss in the United States has raised concerns about whether any former Cabinet ministers would be able to mobilize the party, given the severity of the defeat, and earn the trust of Barbadian voters, the sources said.
In the wake of the historic 30-to-nil drubbing in the May 24 polls, Hewitt accused the DLP of “losing its way” and being no longer for the people. He suggested it needed to rid itself of “past baggage” in order to move forward.
The cleric took up the diplomatic posting in London in 2014.
The release touted his achievements as a management consultant, statutory board chairman and vice-chairman, and his work with regional and international bodies, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, Caribbean Examinations Council and the City and Guilds Institute in London.
As envoy to London, he joined fellow Caribbean diplomats in pushing for the British government’s about-turn on its policy of denying citizenship and benefits to thousands of West Indians caught up in the ‘Windrush’ immigration crisis in the United Kingdom. He and his colleagues met with British prime minister Teresa May in a bid to resolve the crisis facing undocumented, elderly, West Indian-born, long-term UK residents who were subjects of the British Crown when their homelands were colonies.
In an article for the foreign policy think-tank, Chatham House, Hewitt described his efforts as “guerrilla diplomacy” in raising the Windrush issue to national concern in the UK, bringing about the policy u-turn.