St John’s, October 23…. Antigua and Barbuda’s Opposition leader and former Prime Minister, Lester Bird, has expressed deep sorrow at the passing of Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson this morning.

Bird said: “I was deeply sorry to learn of the passing of David Thompson.  While I knew he was gravely ill, the news of his death was still hurtful”.

The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party leader said: “David Thompson was a good personal friend of many years standing.  It is a matter of great regret to me that after the years of working so diligently for the Prime Ministership,  he was not able to fulfill his potential as an outstanding head of government of Barbados and as a Caribbean leader”.

Bird added:  “The close Relations between the Democratic Labour Party of Barbados and the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party go back many years to Errol Barrow and V C Bird Snr.  At this moment of mourning and grief that the Democratic Labour Party is experiencing, I extend the deepest sympathy and fraternal support of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party”.

“On behalf of my family and myself, I extend sincere condolences to David Thompson’s entire family and pray God’s blessings and guidance for them”.

Bird concluded:  “The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party and all its members, supporters and friends also extend to all the people of Barbados our sorrow at this tragic moment of their history and we assure them of our support for them as they mourn their young leader”.