New governor for Gibraltar

Britain yesterday appointed the former Foreign Office minister Sir Richard Luce as governor of Gibraltar, the first time in nearly 300 years the post has gone to a non-military man.

Gibraltarians interpret the appointment as a further step in the drawdown of Britain's military presence on the Rock, and the prelude to clearer political exchanges between Gibraltar, London and Madrid. One commentator expressed relief that Sir Richard was an experienced politician and not a career diplomat.

Sir Richard, who stood down from parliament in the 1992 elections, resigned as Minister of State in 1982, along with his boss Lord Carrington, on the outbreak of the Falklands war. Elizabeth Nash - Madrid