Retired Royal Marine named as new Gibraltar governor

Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton, Royal Marines, was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 2010/ Credit: PA Wire

A retired Royal Marine who led British forces in Afghanistan is set to take over as the new governor of Gibraltar, the Foreign Office said.

Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton will become the Queen's representative on the Rock from December when Vice-Admiral Sir Adrian Johns steps down after four years in the position

The appointment comes with the UK and Spain locked in a diplomatic spat over the Madrid government's imposition of border checks in a row with the Rock over fishing rights.