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  Caleb Azariah Paul Southwell

 
Born in Dominica on 18th July 1913, Paul Southwell was to become Prime Minister of St. Kitts-Nevis by 1980. He had followed the route of most West Indian politicians of that period. After being employed in the sugar industry in 1944, he was recruited into the labour movement and for the next ten years he was an organiser for the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union, becoming Vice-President in 1947.

Paul Southwell was elected to the legislature in 1952 and elected to the Executive Council in 1955. With the introduction of the ministerial system, he became the Minister of Communications and Works. Paul Southwell was appointed Chief Minister, with the introduction of a full ministerial system in 1960, and held this post until 1966.

Paul Southwell became involved in a number of regional organisations. He was Chairman of the Caribbean Tourist Association and Chairman of the West Indies Associated States. He held firmly to the view that CARICOM was an important instrument for strengthening the bargaining position of the entire Caribbean region.

With the death of Robert Bradshaw in 1978, Paul Southwell was appointed Premier. On 18 May 1979 while chairing a meeting of the West Indies Associated States Council of Ministers in Castries, Saint Lucia, Paul Southwell died suddenly.
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