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GSD raises recruitment questions over Care Agency finance appointment

The GSD has raised “serious concerns” around transparency and fair recruitment practices after the Gibraltar Government confirmed that the Care Agency’s recently-appointed Finance Director is also serving as Finance and Procurement Advisor to the Ministry of Health and Business, and that neither job had been advertised. The person, who is not from Gibraltar but now...

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Govt reintroduces fuel discount, hikes tobacco duty

Duty on tobacco was increased by 20p per packet, while the automotive fuel discount duty was reintroduced for six months as part of two revenue-raising measures introduced in Parliament on Thursday. These changes were announced by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo as the Government has been monitoring developments in respect of the two dutiable commodities in...

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CM ‘convinced’ treaty will be agreed, but UK/Gib red lines on sovereignty are ‘impenetrable’

The UK and Gibraltar’s red lines on sovereignty, jurisdiction and control are “impenetrable”, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said on Thursday, even as he said he remained “convinced” a “safe and beneficial” UK/EU treaty on Gibraltar would be agreed. Mr Picardo was responding to questions in Parliament from the Leader of the Opposition, Keith Azopardi, who...

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Chamber welcomes the refurbishment of Landport entrance into Gibraltar

The Chamber has said it is with some satisfaction that after lobbying the Government for four years it has finally taken action to improve the overall appearance of the main entrance points into Gibraltar with the awarding of a tender for the beautification of the approach road and tunnel to Landport Gate. “It is gratifying...

UK/Spain News

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Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle under pressure after Gaza vote chaos

By Sophie Wingate, PA Political Correspondent The Speaker of the House of Commons is under pressure over his handling of a debate on Gaza, which resulted in MPs passing Labour’s amendment calling for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” amid scenes of chaos. The motion was approved but only after Sir Lindsay Hoyle upended parliamentary convention by selecting Labour’s...

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King back at work with first Privy Council and PM audience since cancer revealed

By Laura Elston, PA Court Reporter The King has held his first face-to-face official duties – an audience with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and a Privy Council – since being diagnosed with cancer. Charles met Mr Sunak at Buckingham Palace late on Wednesday afternoon, marking the restart of their weekly encounters to discuss matters of Government. Beforehand,...

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Cameron arrives in Falklands to show support for ‘valued part of British family’

By David Hughes, PA Political Editor in the Falkland Islands Lord Cameron has become the first foreign secretary to visit the Falkland Islands in 30 years, in a high-profile demonstration the overseas territory is a “part of the British family”. Lord Cameron said that the archipelago’s sovereignty is “not… up for discussion” while the islanders wish to...

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Guardia Civil deaths lead to groundswell of popular opinion against drug traffickers

by Maria Jesus Corrales The deaths of the two Guardia Civil divers from the underwater rescue and recovery squad (GEAS, from Especialistas en Actividades Subacuáticas) in Barbate last Friday has led to a nationwide groundswell in Spain of disgust and indignation towards drugs smugglers. There have been other deadly incidents between traffickers and law enforcement...