GSD Leader

Keith Azopardi served in the first two GSD administrations led by Sir Peter Caruana, first as Minister for the Environment & Health [1996-2000] and then as Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Trade, Industry & Telecommunications where he also held the financial services portfolio [2000-2003]. In Government he is most proud of his time as Health Minister in the development of a new hospital, primary care centre and the reopening of the nursing school. Together with Sir Peter Caruana he had a central role in the negotiations that led to a new constitution for Gibraltar and in defence of Gibraltar’s rights against the joint sovereignty proposal of the Blair administration. He has been active in Gibraltar politics for more than 25 years. He is a Barrister and Queen’s Counsel. He holds a first degree in law & history [Univ of Keele] and a PhD in constitutional law from the University of Nottingham. In 2017 Keith returned to the GSD and contested the leadership election of the Party obtaining the support of 61% of votes cast. He has been GSD Leader since the election result was announced during the late evening on 30 November 2017. 

Since becoming Leader Keith has been engaged in restructuring the Party, broadening the participation in it, undertaking community outreach, developing policy rethink processes and overhauling the communications strategy.

“I want to renew and rebuild this Party, make it more dynamic and responsive and with fresh energy ensure it becomes a clear alternative to Government.”

For up to date news and comment follow Keith on twitter @keith_azopardi

Meet the Team

Damon Bossino

Member of Parliament

Damon is a barrister by profession and is married to Rosa. He is the proud father of three lovely children.

Damon is no stranger to politics. He has been involved in political activity since he was a teenager having had a passion for politics from a very young age. He was elected into Parliament in 2011 and served as a GSD MP until 2015. During that time he shadowed many areas of Government responsibility such as tourism, transport, financial services, employment and training. Damon also served as Deputy Leader of the party.

I have decided to put my name forward for election to Parliament because I very strongly believe that Gibraltar needs a change. Many of us are seeing how there is large scale squandering of our finances. What is worse you are not being told how your money is being spent. We are also seeing how our land is being sold left, right and centre to private developers without proper regard for our heritage and living environment.

Monies should not be spent on multi-million pound No6 refurbishments or music festivals. Spending must be responsible and properly prioritised on those things which people really need. I am very excited, for example, with our plans to relocate and purpose build a new St Bernadette’s; to review the allowances for those who care for the vulnerable; to adopt an autism strategy; to have classroom aides in all class rooms in primary and middle schools. Many of our innovative ideas do not require much or any expenditure, such as the proposed new A&E style walk-in at Ocean Views or the review of legislation to empower special educational needs children, young people and their parents or carers.

For these and many other reasons, we need to wrest Gibraltar back from this Government.

I am excited that with our programme for Government and our committed and experienced team of individuals we can and will make Gibraltar a better place.

Roy Clinton

Member of Parliament

I entered politics in 2015 after deciding that the message that the GSLP/Liberal Government was giving about the state of our public finances needed to be challenged.

In the General Election held on 26 November 2015 I was elected to the Gibraltar Parliament and currently have the following areas in my shadow ministerial portfolio as a member of HM Opposition: The Economy, Public Finance, Inwards Investment, the Gibraltar Savings Bank, Small Business, Public Sector Efficiency & Procurement, Telecoms, E-Government and Civil Contingencies.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in banking for most of my professional career I feel I am uniquely qualified to hold the Government to account on its management of our public finances. In my view the Government is failing to be transparent on the use of public money channelled via wholly owned companies and is failing to properly disclose the true level of public debt, the prime example being the £300 million mortgage of public housing estates which the Government denies is public debt.

The people of Gibraltar deserve to have complete transparency over our public finances and I have made it my mission to deliver that.

Daniel Feetham

Member of Parliament

Daniel has been involved in politics for many years. From 2002 to 2006 he formed part of the Gibraltar delegation, which travelled annually to the UN to set out Gibraltar’s position on sovereignty and decolonization. From 2003 to 2006 he also formed part of the Gibraltar delegation that negotiated a new constitutional relationship with the UK. Under that the new Constitution, Justice became the responsibility of the Gibraltar Government and Daniel become Gibraltar’s first Minister for Justice, serving as such from 2007 to 2011. During that time he was responsible for steering fundamental reforms to the Justice system in areas as diverse as child protection and Insolvency legislation. The Court complex was also expanded and a new prison completed.

In 2011 he became Deputy Leader of the GSD and then Leader in 2013. He served as Leader of the Opposition until 2017.

On domestic affairs he has always been a firm defender of workers rights and has been extreme critical of the Government’s huge spending and borrowing program since 2011 which he consistently warned is unsustainable and potentially jeopardizes the quality of life and standard of living for workers in the future.

Daniel has also been a proponent of equality in the area of sexual orientation at a time when it was not considered “politically safe” to do so. In 2008 he presented a private members bill to equalize the age of consent and later a Government bill to do so. In addition, under his leadership in Parliament, the entire GSD parliamentary team also voted in favour of civil partnerships and gay marriage in 2013 and 2016.

Elliott Phillips

Member of Parliament

Elliott is a father, family man, Barrister and partner at Signature Litigation LLP, an international commercial litigation firm of Barristers and Solicitors operating in Gibraltar and London.

Having been involved in politics from an early age, Elliott was elected to the Gibraltar Parliament on 26 November 2015. As a member of Her Majesty's Opposition, Elliott was appointed as Shadow Minister for Justice amongst other portfolios.On 4 December 2017 Elliott was appointed by the newly elected Leader of the Party as its Parliamentary Leader.. Elliott's new responsibility also includes heavy shadow responsibilities for housing, health, care, social services, youth, families and children. Elliott is also responsible for the development of drugs policy.

Elliott is passionate about our young people, skills and the creation of golden standard apprenticeship programme which has, at its heart, the development of building future skills for existing and emerging business. Elliott wants to help build a Gibraltar where all our citizens, irrespective of background, are provided with the best possible opportunity to prosper and succeed. Elliott believes that we should invest heavily in the development of skills in the traditional crafts and modern technologies, so that our people are the best candidates to take on those opportunities. Our job is to help develop the environment for opportunity to thrive, thereby providing our children with rewarding and fulfilling lives. Every one of our children represents an opportunity, not only for our community, but for outwardly looking Gibraltar as a whole.

Edwin Reyes

Member of Parliament

I was first elected into Parliament as a GSD Candidate in 2007 and held the Ministerial Portfolios for Culture, Heritage, Sports & Leisure. During my subsequent two terms in Parliament on the Opposition Benches I have also shadowed several Ministries and currently concentrate in assisting my colleagues upon matters related to Education, Training, Housing, Sports & Leisure, Culture, Civil Contingencies and Social Services. It has also been my privilege to represent our Parliament in various Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conferences at both Regional and Plenary levels.

Before entering politics I was a teacher by profession and taught in Middle and Secondary Schools. My last five years in education were based at the Department of Education and Training where I headed the Government’s Training Unit and also carried out duties as Project Manager for various locally based European Social Fund ventures.

I have derived great job satisfaction in being able to represent my constituents during the three terms I have now served in Parliament and still continue to have the same motives of achieving a better and prosperous Gibraltar for the benefit of our children and future generations.

Tarik El-Yabani

Membership Secretary

With his first vote looming in 2011, Tarik took an interest in politics for the first time and discovered a passion for it. Since the age of 18, he held a very active role in local politics, in turn being one of the first Gibraltarians of Moroccan descent to become actively involved. He decided to take a break after the by-election in 2013, but joined the GSD as a member not long after that, dissatisfied with the direction the existing GSLP/Liberal government was taken Gibraltar in.

Since his involvement, Tarik has become a passionate (and sometimes vociferous) advocate for greater transparency and openness. Identifying himself as a libertarian, he believes strongly in the need to further advance social and economic freedoms and democracy. With Keith Azopardi’s message strongly resonating with him, he joined the effort to rejuvenate and strengthen the party and was subsequently appointed the party’s Membership Secretary.

He has previously been interviewed and appeared on the local and international press, such as the BBC and the Economist. He derives great satisfaction from helping others, a primary reason for his involvement in politics. Outside of politics, he is a keen and accomplished musician, having served with the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and principal instructor for the Gibraltar Sea Scouts Pipe Band. Professionally, he is a Sales Manager for a prominent local business.

Follow Tarik on Twitter: @GibralTarik91