Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brown Set to Hand Lumley Gurkha Campaign Victory

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brown Set to Hand Lumley Gurkha Campaign Victory

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Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor

JOANNA LUMLEY'S campaign was poised for victory today amid reports that Gordon Brown will allow all Gurkha veterans to settle in Britain.

In a major retreat, the Prime Minister is expected to announce as early as tomorrow that the 36,000 former Gurkhas who retired before 1997 will be given the right to live in this country with their families.

Ministers had previously cited a [pounds sterling]1.4 billion cost to the taxpayer as justification for new rules which would have severely limited the right of the pre-1997 veterans to move to the UK.

The Prime Minister was forced to order a rethink after suffering a Commons defeat, which also triggered a meeting with Lumley and a subsequent press conference in which the actress appeared to be dictating policy to immigration minister Phil Woolas.

Reports today suggested Mr Brown has decided to give all Gurkha veterans an entitlement to live in this country. …

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