Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Clegg lambasts Brown over Gurkha disgrace

Nick Clegg used his slot at Prime Minister's Questions today to return to the subject of the shameful treatment of former gurkha soldiers by this Government.

Gurkhas, let's remember, are soldiers from another country who are prepared to fight our wars and to die for our country. And yet the Government continues to deny the right of many former gurkhas to remain in this country if they want after they retire.

Brown replied that the Government had introduced the right of residence for gurkhas who were serving or have served since 1997. That's all very well, but there are still a few thousand other brave former soldiers who they condemn to poverty by denying them the right to residence.

After PMQs had finished, Nick joined representatives of the former gurkhas, including Victoria Cross winner Tul Bahadur Pun for a march to Downing Street where they handed in medals in protest at the treatment they receive from this Government.

Pics: Nick meets VC Pun; The march on Downing Street; Nick and representatives from the gurkha campaign hand in the medals at 10 Downing Street.

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