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Barbadian PM visits Keble

Friday 28 October 2016

Keble College was honoured to host the Prime Minister of Barbados, The Rt Hon Freundel J Stuart, QC, MP.  The occasion was a commemoration ceremony recognizing the outstanding service of Keble Old Member Sir James Cameron Tudor (PPE 1940), who was one of the Caribbean’s most influential diplomats and politicians. Sir James was JCR president at Keble, and became the first black person to be elected President of the Oxford Union in 1942.

The visit was part of a series of events to celebrate Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence. In attendance were Prime Minister Stuart, High Commissioner Mr Guy Hewitt and Permanent Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Ms Sonya Welch. Oxford University was represented by Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson, whilst representatives of the College included Warden Sir Jonathan Phillips, Lady Amanda Phillips, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education Professor Sarah Whatmore, members of staff and current students, including the President of the Oxford University African Caribbean Society, Renee Kapuku (History 2015).

The delegation presented Keble College with a Citation, setting out Sir James Cameron Tudor's links with the College, and celebrating his subsequent political career. The Prime Minister spoke warmly of Sir James, who was his long-time colleague and friend. The College reciprocated by presenting the delegation with a matriculation photograph of Sir James’ year and a print of Liddon Quad. Keble students Kyrone Grossett and Renee Kapuku also presented the PM with an extract from the London Gazette from 1986, announcing James Cameron Tudor's award of the Knight Commander honour.

The event concluded with a buffet lunch in the Lodgings and a tour of the College by Fellow and Tutor in Modern History Dr Ian Archer.