Nick Clegg hails historic victory for Gurkhas

April 29, 2009 9:13 PM
Nick Clegg with Joanna Lumley after hearing the result

Nick Clegg with Joanna Lumley after hearing the result

The Government suffered a symbolic defeat when MPs voted by 267 to 246 on a Liberal Democrat motion to give all Gurkha soldiers equal right of residence in Britain.

Commenting after the vote defeating the Government, Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg said:

"This is a historic victory for the Gurkhas who have served our country so bravely.

"This Government has now lost its moral authority. From the first moment I challenged Gordon Brown on this over a year ago, he didn't understand that there was a simple moral principle at stake.

Nick Clegg presented with Gurkha medals [Picture: Alex Folkes / fishnik.com]

Nick Clegg presented with Gurkha medals

"People who are willing to die for our country, should be allowed to live in our country.

"The Government must listen to Parliament and scrap these shameful rules immediately and grant justice without conditions to all retired Gurkhas."