Monday, March 21, 2005

Lib Dem Defence Chief in Gibraltar

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Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence spokesman Paul Keetch MP is in Gibraltar for a two day working visit following the announcement of cutbacks to the Ministry of Defence establishment in Gibraltar. The visit is at the invitation of the Liberal Party of Gibraltar.

A Liberal Party spokesman said:

“Mr Keetch is a senior Liberal Democrat frontbencher who is a strong supporter of Gibraltar. He has been to Gibraltar in the past for National Day and is also a member of the Gibraltar Group in Parliament.

Mr Keetch will be briefed by Liberal Party leader Dr Joseph Garcia on the latest political developments, following which he will attend a meeting with the trade unions affected by the planned MOD cutbacks Prospect, the TGWU and ACTS.

This will be followed by a meeting with the Leader of the Opposition Joe Bossano and later by a lunch hosted by the Liberal Party of Gibraltar.”

“This afternoon Mr Keetch will attend a meeting with the local MOD establishment at British Forces Gibraltar, after which he will be accompanied by Dr Garcia to a meeting with Governor Sir Francis Richards.”

“On Tuesday Mr Keetch will visit the Gibraltar Boat Squadron and the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Liberal Party Steven Linares.

Paul Keetch has always taken a keen interest in the activities of the Gibraltar Regiment and has tabled questions in the House of Commons on the Regiment as recently as last year when there were fears that it might be cut back.” Mr Keetch will then meet with Chief Minister Peter Caruana.”

Dr Garcia said that a very comprehensive agenda had been prepared for Mr Keetch so that he could assess the situation in the time that he was going to be in Gibraltar.

Dr Garcia said it was very good of Mr Keetch to come to Gibraltar at short notice for such an intensive working visit.

"We are delighted to have been able to host such a visit and hope it serves a useful purpose for Gibraltar as a whole,” he added.

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