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Saturday, 9th May 2009

MSMAS joins the Gurkha Justice Campaign

The Government must act now, after years of delay, to change the law to allow all retired Gurkhas the right to stay in the UK, without reservation.

 

Please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join you today in adding their name to the Gurkha Justice cause by also signing up at www.gurkhajustice.org.uk.

With the support of people across the UK, who understand the huge contribution that the Gurkhas have made to our country, this is a fight we must win.

Yours,

Joanna Lumley

 
The Gurkha Justice Campaign

Gurkhas are fighting for Justice.
 
They want the same terms and conditions as their UK and Commonwealth counterparts.
 
Britain has had no greater friends than the Gurkhas. They have served all across the world in the defence of our Country for nearly 200 years. Over 45,000 died in the two World Wars as part of the British Army. They are still fighting in the British Army today.
 
You may have seen in the media that the Gurkhas have been fighting in Parliament and the Courts. Step by step, things are getting better - but there is a long way to go.
 
The Government decision of 25th April 2009 on Gurkha settlement rights is yet another huge betrayal of the Gurkhas who have served our country.
 
Only a tiny fraction of the Gurkhas who retired before 1997 will win settlement rights under the new policy. A Gurkha will have to have served 20 years or more or won one of a handful of medals: the big majority of Gurkhas served for 15 years under standard army policy.
 
The campaign for full Gurkha Justice will now be taken back into Parliament and the courts. The Government needs to know they will have a huge campaign against them who will commit to righting this wrong.
 
Campaign Organisers

Joanna Lumley was born in Kashmir and spent her early life in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Her father served for 30 years with the 6th Gurkha Rifles, and was a Chindit in Burma; his admiration and affection for these soldiers of Nepal was shared by all who served with them.
Joanna was a model in the sixties and started acting in 1968, on screens large and small, and on the stage. She has been a Bond girl, was nearly bitten by Dracula, saved the world with the New Avengers, turned time back in Sapphire and Steel and raised a glass or two in Absolutely Fabulous.
Her documentaries have taken her to Bhutan, Sarawak, Kenya, Indonesia, Norway and a desert island, where she survived as Girl Friday.
Married, with one son and two granddaughters, she lives in London.

Peter Carroll has worked on the Gurkha Justice campaign since 2003, when he was first approached to assist a retired Gurkha who was facing deportation from the UK after 22 years service in the Army.
Peter has worked to raise the profile of the campaign, which achieved a major success in 2004 when the Government agreed to change the law to allow any Gurkha retiring since 1997 the right to stay in the UK. Peter Carroll is a Councillor in Folkestone where the Royal Gurkha Rifles are based.

Martin Howe is senior partner at Howe & Co Solicitors. Howe & Co are a leading human rights law firm based in London, who have represented ex-Gurkhas in a number of court appearances, including the most recent High Court judgement which found the treatment of ex-Gurkhas to be "unlawful and unfair".

Sir Jack Hayward has donated 20,000 to the Gurkha Justice campaign. Sir Jack, as an RAF Flight Lieutenant in the Second World War, flew gliders in behind enemy lines in Burma. The 2008 Sunday Times Rich List placed him as Britain's 501st richest with an estimated 160 million fortune, and he has helped many patriotic causes such as:
 
the recovery and restoration of SS Great Britain in Bristol;
the purchase of Lundy Island for the National Trust;
the Millennium Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in London.

His most recent "saviour" act was to pledge 500,000 to the 8 year project to enable the last Vulcan bomber involved in the Falklands conflict to fly again when the project was threatened with financial collapse.
 
Other Supporters include Members of Parliament, Peers, Prospective Parliamentary Candidates, and many others.
 
 

 

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