Margallo feels ‘no emotion’ over election result

Saturday, 28th November 2015

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo urged progress with ad hoc cross-border dialogue yesterday, in his first public comments on Gibraltar after Thursday’s general election.
Sr García-Margallo said he felt “no emotion” on the outcome of the election, which saw the GSLP/Liberals sweep back into government with a landslide 68% of the vote.
But he added that “having cleared any electoral worries” in Gibraltar, the time may have come “to sit down and start a forum for the benefit of habitants on both sides of the fence”.
Sr García-Margallo, who was speaking to reporters during a trip to Paraguay, also referred to Spain’s opposition to Gibraltar’s inclusion in the EU’s aviation agreements but said Madrid wanted a solution.
“We back the joint use of the airport as is the case in Geneva," he said. "That is something reasonable.” 

No ministerial changes as new government is sworn in

Saturday, 28th November 2015 - by Gabriella Peralta

The newly re-elected Gibraltar Government ministers will remain in the same portfolios they held before the general election, at least for now, Fabian Picardo announced yesterday after being sworn in as Chief Minister of Gibraltar by Governor Alison MacMillan.
Speaking outside No 6 Convent Place, Mr Picardo spoke of his pride at being able to resume work with his Cabinet team.
“Nothing could make me prouder than to have been able to renew exactly the same team…under our new manifesto,” he said.
Although there was no immediate reshuffle, the Chronicle understands that some changes to ministerial portfolios are still likely in the coming days.


Alliance wins landslide victory

Friday, 27th November 2015 - by Cristina Cavilla

Predictions of a landslide victory for the GSLP/Liberals came true earlier this morning as the Alliance stormed to victory over the GSD with 68% of the vote.
Following a marathon all-night counting session at the John Mackintosh Hall the scale of the Alliance victory soon became clear and a triumphant Fabian Picardo arrived to a hero’s welcome amidst raucous cheers and chants of ‘Four more years’.
Speaking after the results had been announced, Mr Picardo thanked supporters for their "tsunami of support" but warned he would not tolerate arrogance in the ranks of his alliance.
"We are humbled by this victory and will not be bloated by it," he said.

Gibraltar goes to the polls

Thursday, 26th November 2015 - by Cristina Cavilla

A record 23,278 people are eligible to vote in today’s general election as from 9am when polling stations open around the Rock.
While opinion polls have predicted a landslide win for the GSLP/Liberals, the gap between the Alliance and the GSD has narrowed. The polls also indicate a large number of undecided voters.

Row over ‘illicit recording’ of Bossano

Thursday, 26th November 2015

Alliance leader Fabian Picardo said he would write to the GGCA after a “covert recording” was posted anonymously yesterday on YouTube in which Joe Bossano can be heard referring to civil servants in disparaging terms.

Holliday and GSD at odds over Blue Water comments

Thursday, 26th November 2015

Former GSD Deputy Chief Minister Joe Holliday hit out yesterday at “irresponsible” comments by the GSD about the Blue Water project, adding that these could impact on Gibraltar’s appeal to inward investors.
Mr Holliday, who is closely involved in the project, said deals such as this were complex and could easily be derailed.

easyJet to increase the flights between Gibraltar and London for summer 2016

Thursday, 26th November 2015

easyJet has scheduled a 15% increase in flights between Gibraltar and London Gatwick for Summer 2016, with an additional 13,000 seats being made available between March 28, 2016 and September 4, 2016.

Documenting migration in the Strait of Gibraltar

Tuesday, 24th November 2015

La Linea photographer Marcos Moreno is pictured above alongside JM Foundation’s Mark Montovio at the opening of an exhibition of images documenting migration across the strait of Gibraltar. Mr Moreno is well known for his personal commitment to bringing the plight of migrants to the fore with sensitivity and consistency. 

Govt and Spark poised for legal clash over power supply

Tuesday, 24th November 2015

A row between No 6 Convent Place and Spark Energy Limited over Gibraltar’s electricity supply intensified yesterday, with threats of legal action on both sides.

UK unveils defence review but details still scant on Gib

Tuesday, 24th November 2015 - by Brian Reyes and agencies

Britain’s Ministry of Defence will slash its civilian workforce by nearly a third while boosting defence spending to combat Islamic terrorism, according to a long-awaited review that could impact on the military base in Gibraltar.
The Strategic Defence and Security Review was presented in the House of Commons by Prime Minister David Cameron, who underlined the need for rapid reaction forces after the Paris attacks.

PSOE signals commitment to dialogue with Gibraltar

Tuesday, 24th November 2015

Spain should seek ‘reasonable’ dialogue with Gibraltar and see the Rock as ‘an opportunity, not a problem’, according to a senior PSOE politician in Cádiz province.
Irene García, the president of the Diputación de Cádiz, made the statement in an interview with La Verdad newspaper ahead of a visit by PSOE general secretary and presidential candidate Pedro Sánchez to Algeciras tomorrow.
Sr Sánchez is due in Algeciras on Wednesday afternoon as part of a whistle stop tour of cities in Andalucia.