Gibraltar must stay British – MP
By Plymouth Herald | Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 05:30
CITY MP Oliver Colvile has warned Spain to "keep its hands off our Rock".
Oliver Colvile MP with Miss Gibraltar, Jessica Baldachino (left), and former Miss World Kaiane Aldorino
Mr Colvile, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, visited the British overseas territory on Gibraltar Day.
Spain contests sovereignty of the Rock, which commands the entrance to the Mediterranean.
Mr Colvile attended the celebration in his capacity as vice-chairman of the Armed Forces All-Party Parliamentary Group.
Speaking at a rally of 10,000 people in the main square, he said: "Gibraltar has been British since 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht when the Royal Marines repelled Spanish and French forces during the siege of Gibraltar.
"The Royal Marines are so proud of their part in this siege that it is the one battle honour that they recognise and is the badge that they wear on their berets."
Earlier this month, in a parliamentary question, Mr Colvile urged William Hague, the Foreign Secretary to stop Spanish fishermen from fishing in Gibraltar waters.
"The Rock has close links with Plymouth through their Dockyards. It is British, and should remain so until the people of Gibraltar decide otherwise."