Feb 18 - GSD Conference to Introduce Mr. Feetham as Leader
The GSD will be holding a conference for all its members on Thursday 18th April at 7pm at the John Mackintosh Hall, in order to thank Mr. Caruana for his ‘absolute commitment to the people of Gibraltar and to officially introduce Mr Feetham as the party’s new leader’.
Feb 18 - PDP Condemns Spain’s Decision to Disregard Tax exchange Agreements Signed with Gibraltar
The PDP today notes with regret, but no surprise, that Spain has ‘taken its anti Gibraltar campaign in a new direction by directing, according to the Spanish press, its ambassadors to inform government officials around the world that Spain will not recognise any Tax Exchange Information Agreements signed with Gibraltar unless the UK is represented’.
Feb 18 - GSD Shadow Cabinet Re-Shuffle Announced in Parliament
During Friday afternoon’s meeting of Parliament, Speaker Adolfo Canepa congratulated Daniel Feetham on his selection as leader of the GSD and Opposition. He added that himself and the clerk would always be at Mr. Feetham’s disposal to help him in exercising his functions as leader of the opposition.
Mr. Feetham thanked members of GSD and members of GSLP/libs for their support, claiming that it is an essential part of the democratic process for there to be a strong Opposition, as well as a strong Government.
Feb 18 - Government Inter Ministerial Committee Discusses Manifesto Commitments
A number of specific manifesto commitments were reviewed and discussed by an inter-ministerial committee that met last Thursday. The Government insists that 174 commitments have so far been completed or are on-going.
The committee is chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Garcia and included Environment Minister Dr. Cortes, Tourism Minister Neil Costa, Culture Minister Steven Linares and Traffic Minister Paul Balban.
Feb 15 - Spain Insistent on Excluding Gibraltar from EU Aviation Rules
Europa Sur reports that Spain has insisted to the UK government, that they will be ignoring the Cordoba Agreement and intent to push forward with their plan to get Gibraltar excluded from the current EU Aviation rules.
Europe Minister David Lidington insisted last month that the UK Government would do everything in their power to protect the interests of Gibraltar. The Spanish Government reminded the UK that the Cordoba Agreement expired in 2006.
Feb 14 - Minister Sacramento Addresses Falklands Conference
Minister for Social Services and Equality Samantha Sacramento yesterday delivered a speech at the 43rd British Islands and Mediterranean Region Annual Conference (BIMR) of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The event is being hosted in the Falkland Islands and will end today.
Minister Sacramento gave the speech, entitled ‘The Right to Self Determination is not curtailed by Sovereignty Claims’ on behalf of the Chief Minister who was unable to attend the conference.
Feb 13 - GSD Reveal Truth on Debentures and Public Finance
The GSD yesterday claimed that regarding the issue of Government Debentures and Public Finance. The Party claims that the Government has yet again sought to ‘play the man rather than the ball’.
The comment that the Leader of the Opposition does not understand public finance without dealing with any of the issues raised in our communiqué last week, which are genuinely of concern to Government debenture holders, is simply symptomatic of the way the Government habitually conduct politics. They seem determined not to focus on the issues and properly explain their policy.
Feb 11 - Government Wishes Minister Bruzon a Speedy Recovery
Housing Minister, Charles Bruzon has thanked all those who have sent their good wishes for a speedy recovery following a major surgery for bowel cancer last November. The Minister is undergoing a second stay in hospital for radio and chemo therapy.
Feb 11 - Ellul-Hammond to Probe Cortes on IVF Alternatives
During this month’s session of Parliament, Opposition Spokesman for Health, Isobel Ellul-Hammond is set to probe Health Minister Dr. Cortes about when the new GHA website will be launched and when the Colon Cancer screening programme will start. She will also ask the Minister whether he is now in a position to publish the GHA review Report. Mrs. Ellul-Hammond will also query the GHA process used for measuring the results of hospitals used in the UK, Spain and other countries Gibraltar refer GHA patients to, as Sponsored Patients.