Friday, 22 May 2009

The actress wins

The Gurkhas can stay in the UK. The officer's daughter actress Joanne Lumley has done her Dad proud and toppled the British Defence bureaucrats who did not want to pay the bill to allow Gurkhas to settle in the country they had fought for. Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, sounded the retreat, says The Times, only hours after the Prime Minister had outlined the new settlement rights proposal to the actress during a breakfast meeting at 10 Downing Street. Ms Smith told MPs that she expected the change would lead to up to 15,000 Gurkhas coming to Britain over the next two years. They will be allowed to bring their partners and any children under 18.
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