Grant Shapps, British Conservative MP and party chairman urged Gibraltarians to vote Tory in the EU election and reminded the Rock that Labor ‘tried to sell you down the river into the Mediterranean’. Shapps was speaking shortly after arriving in Gibraltar and paying a courtesy visit on acting Chief Minister Dr John Cortes.
He had already met Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia in London prior to flying to the Rock. Picardo and Dr Garcia briefed him on a range of current issues including border delays, incursions into Gibraltar waters and aviation matters.
This is not MP Shapps’ first visit but it was the first time here to campaign for the European election and in particular for Conservative election candidate James Cracknell.
MP Shapps said the Conservative message is: “Look, if you want Gibraltar to continue to be part of the UK, if you want to know who is really batting for you, it’s the Conservatives, so please vote Conservative on the 22nd.”
On other parties competing for votes in the election he said: “Labor did not support you at all, they tried to sell you down the river into the Mediterranean” and ”Liberal Democrats back home want more Europe wherever they can get it”.
“UKIP wants to take the UK out of Europe and that would have massive implications for Gibraltar having to negotiate from scratch some sort of agreement to be able to trade. I think it would be a disaster for somewhere like Gibraltar.”
By voting Conservative MP Shapps said that they will renegotiate various agreements within Europe. Urging people to vote Conservative he said: “If you live in Gibraltar and you care about Gibraltar being part of the United Kingdom then the only way you can do all that is to vote Conservative.”