Karl Chircop

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Dr Karl Chircop was a medical doctor and a politician.

Karl was born in Ħ'Attard at St Catherine's Hospital on 7 August 1965. He received his education at De La Salle College, the New Lyceum and the University of Malta from where he graduated as a doctor of medicine in 1988.

Chircop inherited his socialist principles from his father and since his University days he showed clear signs of his aspirations to be active in the fight for the cause of social justice. As a student he was a member of the Għaqda Żgħażagħ Laburisti.

Dr Kirkop was a keen sports and dance enthusiast. He was engaged as a team doctor of the Hibernians Football Club u was an avid supported of Liverpool.

He entered politics in 1987 and his popularity and reputation as the good-natured smiling GP earned him a strong client base in his constituency. When he contested the 1996 general elections he had no problems being elected to parliament. At 31 years of age, Karl was the youngest deputy elected from the fourth district.

Dr Chircop was immediately appointed as Head of the Maltese Delegation for the Council of Europe. In the Council he was appointed member of the Committee of Social Affairs and the Committee of Economic Affairs. Besides attending the plenary sessions, Dr Chircop also attended various conferences abroad as Head of Delegation.

In 1998, he was re-elected to parliament registering twice as much first count votes as he obtained in the previous election. He was appointed shadow minister for Social Policy.

In August 2008 Karl was admitted at Mater Dei Hospital and in spite of a series of medical interventions, both local and overseas, he passed away in October.

Dr Karl Chircop was married to Adriana and they had four children: Jan, who is a medical doctor, Francesca, Christian and Keith.

He died on 12 October 2008 at the age of 43.