Dr Denzil Douglas was born on 14th January, 1953 in the village of St. Pauls. Douglas studied medicine as a young man. From the University of the West Indies, he successfully obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 and a Degree in Medicine in 1984. In 1986, he established a private medical practice as a family physician and served as President of the St. Kitts-Nevis Medical Association in the late 1980s.
In 2011, Douglas was appointed to Her Majesty’s Privy Council, with the prefix ‘Right Honorable’ added to his name. Douglas was elected M.P. for St. Christopher (No.6) ward (Newton Ground, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay, Saddlers, and Harris) in the National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis in 1989 and appointed Leader of the Opposition. That year he was also elected leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party.
He restructured the party in preparation for its 1995 electoral victory. He was appointed Prime Minister of the Federation in 1995, re-appointed Prime Minister in March 2000 and again in October 2004 after the Labour Party won a third term with seven of the eight seats on St. Kitts. The Labour Party won its fourth consecutive term in office on 25 January 2010, winning six of the eight seats on St Kitts in the eleven-member National Assembly.
After losing the 2015 general election he has remained active in politics as Leader of the Opposition, most recently attacking the government’s economic performance.