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Sir Albert McQuarrie, a friend of Gibraltar, dies

Sir Albert McQuarrie, a staunch supporter of Gibraltar who led the opposition to the British Nationality Bill designed to prevent the people of Gibraltar from becoming British citizens, has died. Sir Albert - who lived in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire - died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday after turning 98 on January 1. He is survived by his wife Rhoda and his son Dermot.

The Government of Gibraltar said yesterday it had been saddened by the news.

Sir Albert was the founding Chairman of the first All Party Parliamentary Group for Gibraltar and, in his position as Chairman, received the Freedom of the City on the Group’s behalf in October 1982 said the Government statement.

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said Gibraltar had lost a great friend.

“In 1981 Sir Albert successfully led the opposition to the British Nationality Bill, which was designed to prevent the people of Gibraltar from becoming British citizens. For this and for much more, we owe him a great debt of gratitude,” he stated.

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