Joseph M. Baldacchino

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Joseph M.Baldacchino was a former army man and a parliamentarian with the Malta Labour Party.

He was born Joseph Mary Baldacchino in Valletta on 16 September 1922 and worked for the British Army's RAOC between 1941 and 1966.

Baldacchnio entered the political arena in 1951 when he was elected assistant secretary of the Gżira Labour Party Club. In 1959 he was elected to the National Executive Committee and appointed assistant secretary general until 1962.

After an unsuccessfully bid in the 1962 general elections he was victoriously elected in 1966, and retained his parliamentary seat in the 1971 and 1976 elections. Baldacchino was secretary and whip of the MLP parliamentary group in 1971. From November 1976 to November 1981 he served as Deputy Speaker in the House of Representatives. Between 1981 and 1987 he served as chairman of a committee for the working of the law courts.

Although he didn't manage to keep his seat after the 1981 election he was eventually co-opted back to parliament in 1986, following the death of Dr. Patrick Holland. He served as Speaker from February to July 1987.

Baldacchino married Violet Vella in 1947 and together they had a son, Charles.

He died on 21 June 2006 at the age of 83.