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This article is about the politician. For the English opera singer, see Margaret Ritchie (opera singer).
Margaret Ritchie MLA

Incumbent
Assumed office 
2003
Constituency South Down

Born March 25, 1958 (1958-03-25) (age 51)
Downpatrick, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Nationality Irish
Political party Social Democratic and Labour Party
Alma mater Queens University of Belfast
Website Ritchie SDLP

Cllr Margaret Ritchie MLA (born 25 March 1958) is a Northern Irish politician. She is a member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party and has been Minister for Social Development since May 8, 2007.

Ritchie is a graduate of Queen's University, Belfast who served as Parliamentary Assistant to Eddie McGrady MP from 1987 to 2003.

She became a Councillor in Down District Council in 1985 and was Vice Chairman of Council (1992-1993) and Chairman of Council (1993-1994). Ritchie is the current chairperson of the Council's Health Committee.

She is also the current International Secretary of the SDLP and has also served as an alternate member of the European Committee of the Regions.

She was nominated as the social development minister in the Northern Ireland assembly by the SDLP which took effect on 8 May 2007.

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Northern Ireland Assembly
Preceded by
Eddie McGrady
MLA for Down South
2003 -
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Office suspended
Minister for Social Development
2007 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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