Former chief minister Joe Bossano knighted in New Year's Honours

Sir Joe Bossano.
Sir Joe Bossano. / SUR
  • Sir Joe was not the only Gibraltarian to be recognised by the Queen, as Vijay Kumar has been given an MBE for services to the Health Authority

Former chief minister of Gibraltar, Joe Bossano, has received a knighthood in the New Year's Honours List. He is to be made a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), for Services to Gibraltar.

Sir Joe was Chief Minister of Gibraltar from March 1988 to May 1996. He has played an active part in Gibraltar's politics since the 1970s and was leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP) until standing down in 2011, when he was replaced as party leader by the present chief minister, Fabian Picardo. He is currently the Minister for Economic Development, Telecommunications and the Gibraltar Savings Bank.

Also honoured by the Queen this New Year is Vijay Kumar , who is to receive an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition for his services to the Gibraltar Health Authority.

Nor were they the only ones to receive awards: on behalf of the Gibraltar Honours Board, His Excellency the Governor, Lt Gen Edward Davis CB CBE KStJ, announced that Stanley Paul Riley and James Charles Posso are both to receive the Gibraltar Award, for Services to Music in Gibraltar and Services to Her Majesty's Government of Gibraltar Audit Office, respectively.

When making the announcement the governor said: “I have no doubt that the people of Gibraltar will share my immense delight and pride that four so richly deserving Gibraltarians have received awards in the Queen's New Year Honours List. Their truly exceptional contributions to Gibraltar, over many years, have made a vital and enduring difference to the well-being and progression of their homeland and its people. I offer them all my heartfelt and warmest congratulations.”