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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-21-09 07:46 AM
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Gurkhas win right to settle in UK
Source: BBC News

All Gurkha veterans who retired before 1997 with at least four years' service will be allowed to settle in the UK, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said.

Ms Smith told MPs she was "proud to offer this country's welcome to all who have served in the brigade of Gurkhas".

It comes after a high-profile campaign by Joanna Lumley and other supporters of Gurkha rights - and an embarrassing Commons defeat for the government.

Some 36,000 Gurkhas who left before 1997 had been denied UK residency.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8060607.stm
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-21-09 07:50 AM
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1. Excellent news - long overdue!
If they were British enough to risk their lives for this country, they are certainly British enough to stay here.
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MinneapolisMatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-21-09 07:52 AM
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2. Excellent!
K&R!
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InfiniteThoughts Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-21-09 08:15 AM
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3. great news ...
however it is amusing that Ms. Smith said that she is "proud to offer her country" to the Gurkhas; the offer only coming after government failure to stop the movement ...

anyways., long overdue recognition for these folks who put their lives on the block for UK ...
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-21-09 08:42 AM
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4. I knew they'd win. It's amazing this case had to go this far. nt
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-21-09 12:23 PM
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5. Excellent result..and further proof that Broon is politically tone-deaf...
..another clanger in a long, long series of clangers that will spell the end of the Labour party control in parliament next year..
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Thothmes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-21-09 06:17 PM
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6. Good News
The Gurkhas have served the British Crown for a couple of centuries. They have earned the right to live in the country that they laid their lives on the line for. JMO.
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