AN accountant and a lawyer are locking horns over who should be the leader of the opposition.

Barrister Keith Azopardi has thrown his hat in the ring in an attempt to nudge Roy Clinton out of his current post as leader of the Gibraltar Social Democrats.

The two men have between now and November 30 to convince GSD members who is the right person to take on Fabian Picardo at the next election.

Azopardi, a former deputy Chief Minister under Sir Peter Caruana, cited the ‘perennial issue of Spain’, as well as Brexit and public debt as key issues he would tackle.

He told the Olive Press this week: “I’ve returned to politics to play my part in rebuilding the GSD because it is important to have a strong alternative for Government.

“There are big issues and challenges that need to be dealt with – Brexit, public debt, the modernization of public services, healthcare, environmental questions and major planning issues as well as the perennial issue of Spain,” explained the lawyer, who was an MP between 1996 and 2003.

“I believe I can re-energise and re-build the Party in the run up to the next election.”

His challenge to Clinton came as Damon Bossino surprisingly announced he would not be standing for the position.

Roy Clinton meanwhile told the Olive Press: “Holding the Government to account is vital for me and why I got into politics.

“I hope to reconnect with the members through party conferences. There may have been a bit of a disconnect in the past but the party belongs to the members.

“There are obviously key issues in the party and also Gibraltar’s economy, levels of public debt and Brexit, employment, education and training.

“Housing provision and health are also very important,” he said.

“Social media is key for me to I want to increase engagement and lead alongside people rather than from the front.”

Bossino, who had been tipped to stand and was popular, released a statement saying that he had turned down the chance due to ‘personal and political reasons’.

He said: “It would not be appropriate for me to enter this race.”

He is expected to continue in his role as Shadow Minister for Transport and Tourism.