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Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, born in 1958 at Qormi, Malta, is a Maltese politician and an MP with the Malta Labour Party.

Education

Coleiro Preca studied at the University of Malta where she graduated BA in Legal and Humanistic Studies (International Studies) and Diploma Notary Public. She is currently reading for LL.D.

Politics

Coleiro has also been active in Maltese national politics for the last 33 years. Within the Malta Labour Party she has served as a member of the National Executive, Assistant General Secretary and General Secretary of the Party (1982-91), to date, the only woman to have served in such a senior post of a Maltese political party. In addition to these posts Coleiro Preca has also held the post of member of the National Bureau of Socialist Youths (now the Labour Youth Forum), President of the Women Section of the Party (1996-2001), founder member of the Ġużè Ellul Mercer Foundation and publisher of the Party's weekly newspaper 'Il-Ħelsien' (now defunct).

Coleiro Preca has served as MP in the Maltese Parliament since 1998. She has always had strong grassroot support and, in fact, in the 2008 general election she was the first elected MP. As an Opposition MP Coleiro Preca served as Shadow Minister for Social Policy and as member of the Parliamentary Permanent Committee for Social Affairs since 1998.

After Alfred Sant resigned as Leader of the Malta Labour Party Coleiro Preca announced her intention to contest the Leadership election expected to be held in June 2008.

Other

Coleiro Preca was also served on the board of directors of Maltacom plc (now Go Plus) and member of the National Commission for Fiscal Morality.


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