Friday, 23 September 2011

George Price

George Cadle Price, leader of Belizean independence and the country's firtst premier died earlier this month (19th September 2011).

Price's political career started with winning a seat in the Belize City Council in 1947, as part of a growing nationalist movement. Price was a founder member of the People's United Party (PUP), and vice-president of its key ally, the General Workers Union. He served as the Mayor of Belize City from 1958 to 1962 and was the leader of the People’s United Party from 1956 to 1996. He became First Minister on April 7th, 1961 and Premier on January 1st, 1964, under the system of internal self-rule. George Price headed the team that negotiated full independenceand on Belize attaining independence on September 21st, 1981 become Belize’s First Prime Minister (and Foreign Minister).

The People's United Party lost the 1984 election, to the United Democratic Party, but returned to power under Price in 1989 for another four years.

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies holds a number of pamphlets from the People's United Party in its political pamphlets collection and also holds in its colections copies of a number of published speeches made by Price.

Collections of speeched by Price held include:
Price, George, The premier speaks. [Belize City, Belize] : Government Information Service, [1963]

Price, George Belizeans unite to build our nation : [a collection of important speeches by Premier George Price]. Belize City, British Honduras : Government Printer, [1965]

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