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Lawyer Ezra Alleyne (GP)

Barrister Ezra Alleyne died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday.

Alleyne, 78, was the husband of Tassiea Bryan Alleyne and father of Daun, Gayle, Alistair and Nathan Alleyne.

He was a member of the Barbados Labor Party, successfully contesting the September 2, 1976 election to defeat Philip Greaves of the Democratic Labor Party by 2,797 votes to 2,563.

When the House of Assembly resumed, Alleyne, 32, was the youngest female MP at the time. He served as Vice Chairman of the Tom Adams Administration from 1976 to 1981.

During the election campaign, a writer wrote in The Nation: “Armed with all the basic information about the constituency, he planned a campaign and created a canvassing schedule that allowed him to penetrate the crucial districts of the constituency.

Its program of meetings has also been prepared to emphasize according to the geographical distribution of voters. Alleyne timed his campaign to ensure he peaked at the right time, just before Election Day.

His circular, considered the most original of the entire campaign, was in the hands of the electorate at a time when it would be neither too late to fully assimilate its contents nor too early to be forgotten on election day.

Six months after the election, he was asked what he learned in another interview.

“The impact of the real conditions in which people live and the high level of unemployment are two things that are always in front of me. In fact, it scares me. It is only now that people come to see me regularly as an MP that I realize the extent of the unemployment problem in Barbados. What strikes me is that the solution to this problem cannot come overnight,” he said.

Alleyne attended St Stephen’s Junior School and Combermere School before migrating to England, where he pursued law studies at Queen Mary College and the University of London. He was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1970.

He returned to Barbados the same year.

He was a lecturer at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies for several decades, with a focus on constitutional law. Later, he diversified into corporate and commercial law, in particular international and offshore business law and trusts.

Ezra Alleyne passes
Ronald Biggs and two of his lawyers – Ezra Alleyne (left) and Alair Shepherd during his extradition trial in Barbados. (CASE)

Older Barbadians will remember Alleyne as the barrister who successfully defended British train robber Ronnie Biggs at an extradition hearing here in 1981. Biggs, who robbed a mail train in 1963, was kidnapped in Brazil and brought to Barbados. He knew Alleyne when the latter was a young clerk in England, having nicknamed him Sunshine when he first saw him in court.

Alleyne served as legal representative for the Public Utilities Board for ten years and acted as counsel for the court-appointed liquidators of the bankrupt insurance company BCCI.

He was also a lawyer for the Nation Publishing Co. Ltd, a longtime columnist and political analyst, and a former president of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and the National Housing Corporation. (SAT)