easyJet has today celebrated its first year of operations on the Bristol – Gibraltar Route. The service, which commenced on 19 April 2015, has carried over 35,000 passengers in its first year. Operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, services have been operated by the carrier’s 156 seat Airbus 319 type.
A year ago that, in May 2015, the Government invited Expressions of Interest in respect of the Central Police Station building.
The deadline for submissions was 31 July 2015, after which the process closed and discussions commenced in order to progress the preferred scheme. Govt have said the decision to proceed in this way was taken after careful consideration of the state of the building.
The Chief Minister today paid an official visit to Cadiz. He was met by the President of the Diputación de Cadiz, Doña Irene Garcia of the PSOE. Mr Picardo and Mrs Garcia discussed matters of mutual interest and co-operation between the Cadiz Province and Gibraltar.
I was very glad to have heard Sir Simon Hughes say in his address to the people of Gibraltar last week “I have always wanted there to be way for Gibraltar’s voice to be heard in the UK WHICH i HAVE CONSTANTLY ARGUED MYSELF”. He was of course referring to his view that Gibraltar should have Representation in Westminster. Notice that he should the words “I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED”.
Sir Simon Hughes, a friend of mine for many years, was no doubt recalling how he and many other MPs, like Andrew Rosindell loudly supported Gibraltar when the Enfranchisement Bill went to the British Parliament proposing that Gibraltar should be able to vote with Britain in the EU Elections as a Region of the UK.
With him, supporting Gibraltar were other MPs like Dennis Turner, Andrew MACKLEY, Andrew Rosindell, Linsdsay Hoyle, Andres Flook, Tim Loughton, D Ruffley, Geraldine Smith, Acting Attorney General, William Cash and David Heath and several others. During their various speeches on the 10th December 2002 they all vigorously upheld the view that it was about time that Gibraltar had its own voice in Westminster. I wrote several articles and letters in this Newspaper bringing this history fact to the notice of the people of Gibraltar.
For the last four years our Movement, “GIBRALTAR IN WESTMINSTER MOVEMENT has held several meetings with the GSLP/ALLIANCE leaders and we have outlined this concept of Representation In Westminster as the means to correcting a Parliamentary Deficit, where Gibraltarians as Full British Citizens have no say in their Mother Parliament whilst retaining the level of Self Government that we enjoy today.
Gibraltar should see the security that this would give Gibraltar and also the advancement in our Democratic system should we advance in this direction.
Past Gibraltar leaders have shied away from these proposals for several reasons, one of them being that some leaders have had hidden agendas or ulterior political plans or motives and Representation in Westminster would interfere with these policies.
Those wishing to join the Gibraltar In Westminster Movement should write or call Joe at
In a hearing held on Thursday 14 April 2016 in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Mr Anthony Dudley, has decided to make a preliminary reference to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. This is the first time that a court in Gibraltar makes a preliminary reference to the European Court.
Members of the public are invited to watch a Ceremonial Guard Mount outside the Convent at midday on Saturday 16 April. This will be the first ceremonial Guard Mount of 2016, and will be conducted by B Company of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, accompanied by the Band and Corp of Drums. This formal Changing of the Guard ceremony is now conducted four times a year, in the spring and early summer.
Tonight I address you as your Chief Minister in a Ministerial Statement because as from tomorrow the broadcasting rules relating to the EU referendum will not allow me to do so on our national broadcaster.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 52yr old British national, whose body was found on the morning of Tuesday 12th April in the area of the Toc-H hostel, continues.
The deceased was formally identified by members of his family yesterday, as Roy Keith Steele. A post-mortem examination will be conducted by Home Office Forensic Pathologist on Friday 15th April 2016 (pm).
The Gibraltar Stronger In Europe Campaign is delighted with the response which it has had from the general public after its official launch yesterday at the Piazza. The overwhelming support seen for the remain campaign is quite palpable.
The Minister for Economic Development Joe Bossano is travelling to China today to hold meetings with the prospective investor group with regards to the projects that have been under discussion for some time and where the first of these has been in the evaluation phase in the first quarter of this year as previously announced.
The Minister with responsibility for Financial Services, the Hon Albert Isola MP, hosted a funds and asset management breakfast seminar at the Maritime Museum in the Central district of Hong Kong on Tuesday 12th April.
Clubhouse Gibraltar would like to encourage Schools, places of work and other groups to create mental health awareness by wearing Yellow and raising funds for Clubhouse Gibraltar which is a structured support in the community, and is available 6 days a week to aid recovery from mental illness.