Philip Hammond is standing firm on Gibraltar (Flickr: Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
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Weekly round-up: politics, business and news from Gibraltar

The best news articles on Gibraltar this week. 


  1. Hammond reaffirms Tory pledge to Gibraltar

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “A Conservative government will never discuss the future of Gibraltar’s sovereignty against the wishes of its people, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the House of Commons this week.”

  1. Gibraltar police and customs given additional tobacco stop and search powers

Merco Press reports: “Gibraltar police and customs officers have been given additional stop and search powers inside so-called tobacco ‘special zones’.”

  1. Gibraltar sack manager Allen Bula after internal investigation

BBC reports: “Gibraltar's Football Association has decided to part company with coach Allen Bula with immediate effect.”

  1. Garcia briefs Japanese delegation

Gibraltar Chronicle reports: “The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia met yesterday with representatives of the Japan Local Government Centre to speak about political and economic affairs in Gibraltar.”

  1. Gibraltar International Song Festival chooses 14 entries for the Final Gala

GBC News reports: “The Gibraltar International Song Festival will be taking place on Saturday 9th May at 9pm. The event received around 700 entries from all over the world, with 14 reaching the Final Gala at the Tercentary Sports Hall.”

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Morning Call: The best from Gibraltar

A selection of the best articles about politics, business and life on the Rock from the last seven days.

There will be some red eyes on the Rock this morning as politicians stayed up awaiting election results, to find eventually that the ruling party is unchanged. Yahoo! was among the first news sites with the coverage, confirming that Fabian Picardo will continue as chief minister heading up a coalition of the Socialist Labour Party and the Liberals. The Gibraltar Social Democrats, led by Daniel Feetham, won seven seats compared to the winning coalition’s ten.

Picardo won the highest number of single votes, according to GBC, followed by Joseph Garcia and Dr. John Cortes. With his 10,852 votes the chief minister won over double those of his opposite number Daniel Feetham, who had 5,054. The same report confirms that with 70.77% of the electorate choosing to vote, this is the lowest turnout for a Gibraltarian election since 1980.

There will be more on the election on our Gibraltar hub on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, life has continued as per normal on the Rock. A new money lending business has established itself, says GBC. The UK had its spending review as readers will be well aware, but details on the Rock were in short supply, said the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Most excitingly, though, it’s been revealed that “I’m A Celebrity…” star Lady Colin Campbell has links to Gibraltar. The full report is in the Olive Press, and we’d tell you more but unfortunately your editor lost the will to live half way through reading it… 

Guy Clapperton is the freelance journalist who edits the New Statesman’s Gibraltar hub. You can also find him in the Guardian, Computer Business Review and Professional Outsourcing which he edits.