As Bermuda celebrates its 400th Anniversary, the United Bermuda Party salutes the contributions of the late Sir Henry Tucker to a better Bermuda.
Sir Henry served as Bermuda's first Government Leader from 1968 to 1971, the culmination of a long and distinguished career in politics, banking and public service.
First elected to Parliament in 1938 as an Independent Member, Jack Tucker, as he was known, built a political team that led Bermuda out of its overtly segregated past, laying the foundation for a future of equality, expanding opportunity, growing prosperity and representative government.
Sir Henry was respected and well liked across racial lines. Today, he is widely regarded as the architect of modern Bermuda.
Sir Henry James "Jack" Tucker – banker, politician, leader, statesman – man of stature.
As Bermuda celebrates its 400th Anniversary, the United Bermuda Party salutes the contributions of the late Sir Edward Trenton Richards.
Sir Edward came to Bermuda in 1930 from Guyana, a deeply religious young man, to teach mathematics at the Berkeley Institute.
"ET", as Sir Edward was known, also worked as a journalist at the Bermuda Recorder, where he wrote pointed articles opposing the social injustices of that era.
He became a barrister and whilst studying in Britain he and Earl Seaton used their connections in Britain to assist Dr. E.F. Gordon when he presented a celebrated petition from the Bermuda Workers Association to the British Colonial Secretary.
Sir Edward would later get elected to the House of Assembly, becoming leader of the United Bermuda Party, the island's first Premier and the first black in Bermuda to be knighted by the Queen.
Sir Edward Trenton "ET" Richards - teacher, journalist, lawyer and peaceful warrior.
As Bermuda celebrates 400 years of settlement - the United Bermuda Party salute the contribution of the late Sir John Sharpe, affectionately known as "Jack".
Sir John Sharpe Bermuda's third Premier, was well liked particularly by his constiuents in Warwick who he kept in close contact with through is common touch style.
"Jack" was a war vet, who after returning to Bermuda, spent the majority of his working life working for Purvis Limited where he became the President. Mr. Wilf Purvis, who Purvis school his named after, was his mentor and eventually became his close friend.
Jack Sharpe was a family man and had a close association with St. Mary's Church in Warwick.
Sir John "Jack" Sharpe the Premier with a common touch.
Sir David Gibbons
As we in Bermuda celebrate our 400th Anniversary, the United Bermuda Party recognizes the significant contributions of Sir David Gibbons.
Sir David was Premier and Finance Minister of Bermuda from 1977 to 1982.
During his stewardship the legislative foundations were laid for our reinsurance industry and a good part of our modern international business sector.
Sir David presided over a tumultuous period in Bermuda's history and commissioned a social review of Bermuda by the renowned social psychologist and African American Scholar, Dr. Kenneth Clarke in 1978.
The findings lead to the establishment of Human Rights Commission, the Bermuda Housing Corporation and other significant social programs.
Sir David Gibbons, a leader who let his record speak for itself.
As we in Bermuda celebrate our 400th Anniversary, the United Bermuda Party is pleased to celebrate the achievements of Sir John Swan, the longest serving Premier in Bermuda's history.
Sir John Swan provided numerous homes for families as both a businessman with John W. Swan Limited and through his tenure as Premier.
Sir John, during his tenure as Premier, the Government completed 40 major projects that prepared Bermuda to take advantage of the opportunities that has helped to make Bermuda the place we enjoy today.
Sir John Swan's major achievement was the negotiating and signing of the US/Bermuda Tax Convention that set the stage for growth of International Business.
As Bermuda celebrates its 400th Anniversary, the United Bermuda Party salutes the contributions of
Dr. David Saul - Bermuda's 6th Premier
"Dr. David J. Saul was elected to Parliament in Feb, 1989 and found himself the Minister of Finance the next day: his "maiden speech" being the 1989 Budget.
For the next five and half years he guided Bermuda through the recession of the early 1990s; introduced the concept of a National Pension Scheme; abolished Exchange Control; opened up the Trust Business; put through legislation for Government Borrowing; introduced the Sinking Fund (to amortize total government borrowing over a 20 year period; and capped government borrowing at 10% of GDP.
Dr. Saul became the country's 6th Premier in 1995, following Sir John Swan's Independence Referendum. Calming down the independence issue became his immediate objective, and his early negotiations with Britain's Prime Minister, John Major, eventually led to Bermudians being granted the right to full British Citizenship, to hold a UK/European Passport, and have the ability to live and work anywhere in Europe.
In 1997, after a total of 8 and 1/2 years in Parliament, five more than his usual five-year plan, Dr. Saul surprised everyone by resigning his post at Premier and retired from Parliament as Member for Devonshire South.
Soon after, Dr. Saul, went into formal retirement. allowing time for a limited number of business directorships and adventure travels around the world. Today he limits his work to local charities, especially the BUEI and the Buy Back Bermuda Campaign."
Dame Pamela Gordon
As Bermuda observes Black History Month the United Bermuda Party salutes the contribution of Dame Pamela Gordon.
Dame Pamela was the first female Premier of Bermuda.
Dame Pamela spearheaded a petition calling for a constitutional conference that garnered more than eight thousand signatures representing 25% of the electorate and delivered the petition to the Foriegn & Commonwealth Office in London
Dame Pamela also served on the Boundaries Commission which would introduce single seat constituencies.
In recognition of the contribution to Bermuda by our Portuguese community the United Bermuda Party salute the contribution made by Honourable Ralph Owen Marshall Bermuda's first Parliamentarian of Portuguese decent.
Ralph as he affectionately called was first elected in 1963 as an independent member before joining the United Bermuda Party.
Ralph was an Architect by trade and partner ar Marshall Bernardo Partnership.
Ralph served in Parliament for 30 years and served as a Cabinet Minister Cabinet under 5 different Leaders.
Ralph Marshall a political pioneer.
Honourable Ernest Decouto
In recognition of the contribution to Bermuda by our Portuguese community the United Bermuda Party salute the contribution made by Honourable Ernest Decouto - Bermuda's first Speaker of the House of Portuguese decent.
Speaker Decouto was highly regarded as an astute businessman and an avid sportsman - who served as a Parlaiment for 26 years.
Speaker Decouto had also served as Minister of Youth. Sport and Recreation and on numerous Government boards.
Former Speaker the Hon. Ernest Decouto CBE, JP a political pioneer.