Joe Debono Grech
|Member of Parliament|
1966 – 03 June 2017
|Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Affairs|
|Succeeded by||George Abela|
|Born||September 17, 1939|
|Political party||Labour (PL)|
|Spouse||Edith nee’ Vella|
|Profession||Member of Parliament|
Joseph Debono Grech started off in the Labour Party in 1959 both as a Secretary and also as a president of several branches of the party. In 1959 he was one of the founders of the ‘Brigata Laburista’. In 1967 he was appointed secretary of the Labour Youths and the representative in the bureau of I.U.S.Y. for the same committee. In 1969 he was elected Deputy Leader for party affairs. He contested the general elections for the first time in 1966 on the 13th and 8th district. He was elected in the Maltese Parliament in 1966 and in all subsequent elections until 2013.
In 1983 he was appointed Minister of Parastatal and People's Investments and later held the Agriculture and Fisheries portfolio for four years until 1987. When Labour was reelected in 1996 he served as minister of Transport and Ports. From 2003 till 2008 he was the shadow minister for the Malta International Airport and the country's security. He also worked in the General Workers Union as a Secretary for the Petrol, Chemical and General workers. Today he is a Labour MP on the government side.
For many years he represented the Union in Gozo. He was a representative of the Labour Party in the Council of Europe and also a member of the Socialist Bureau in the Council of Europe, since 1998. He has been a member of the National Executive committee of the party since 1960.