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Richard Hart [1917-2013]

Richard Hart acted as consultant in middle days of the People's Revolutionary Government (PRG) and continued his tenure through to the end.

On 31 August 1982, Hart became legal consultant and advisor for the PRG's Attorney General's office following the resignation of Kendrick Radix from that position. At age 65, he was appointed on 25 May 1983 as Grenada's Attorney General (AG) and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). As of June 1983, Hart's primary role was one of three members of the Grenada Constitutional Commission.

After 1984, Hart was co-founder of Caribbean Labour Solidarity in London. He is a retired solicitor with a retirement that includes activities such as historian, lecturer and author of over seven titles, including "From Occupation to Independence: A Short History of the English-Speaking Caribbean Region" and assessments of the Grenada Revolution and the subsequent trial.

Ansell Richard Hart was born 13 August 1917 in Jamaica and died at his home in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2013 at 96 years of age.

He qualified as a solicitor in Jamaica, and practiced law in Jamaica and England. As a politician, Hart was a founding member of the Peoples National Party (PNP) in Jamaica in 1938, being on its Executive up to 1952. A member of the Labour Committee, Hart started his long path of trade union activity. The regional Caribbean Labour Congress drew upon his skills when he served as its Assistant Secretary and Secretary during the years between 1945 and 1953 when the organization ceased to exist. He served on the Jamaican PNP executive until 1957.

In 1963, Hart moved to Guyana to edit the 'Mirror' newspaper, a publication supporting the views of Dr. Cheddi Jagan. He moved in 1965 to Britain where he was Legal Department Head of the Waverley District Council in Surrey, a post he held until he accepted employment with the PRG as Legal Consultant in August, 1982.

"Many person have asked why, since I had worked closely with and had the confidence of both Bishop and Coard, I was not asked to assist in the process of conciliation. The only explanation that I can think of is that my position must have been compromised by the fact that my name appeared on the list approved by Bishop, of persons who were to be informed of the alleged plot to kill him. This may have created the suspicion that I was conspiring with Bishop to overturn the decision of the party."

The quotation above is from Richard Hart's Introduction to the book of Bishop's speeches titled "In Nobody's Backyard."

W. Richard Hart is also a writer whose books include "From Occupation to Independence: A Short History of the English-Speaking Caribbean Region," "Rise and Organize: The Birth of Workers and National Movements in Jamaica," and most recently "The Grenada Revolution: Seting the Record Straight."

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