A discussion in the British Parliament yesterday included praise for The Heritage Foundation and Heritage expert Luke Coffey:
Sir Gerald Howarth: My right hon. Friend mentions the United States. Some people there might indeed understand the importance of Gibraltar, but does he agree that—as the hon. Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes) pointed out—there are many in the United States who are unfortunately tempted by the antics of the Spanish Government into believing that this is somehow about colonialism? Will my right hon. Friend pay tribute to our mutual friend Luke Coffey, who is the Margaret Thatcher Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington? He has done a tremendous amount to raise awareness on Capitol Hill of the importance of Gibraltar not only to the United Kingdom but to NATO and the United States.
Dr Liam Fox: I am extremely grateful to my hon. friend for his intervention. Luke Coffey is not only a mutual friend of ours; he was also one of my special advisers in the Ministry of Defence. His work at the Heritage Foundation has been instrumental in pushing understanding of the wider issues on Capitol Hill.
Luke Coffey, Heritage’s Margaret Thatcher Fellow, told Gibraltar’s GBC News that the British military base at Gibraltar is critical to America’s national security.