September 15, 2008

Joanna’s on the March for the Gurkhas

ACTRESS Joanna Lumley will march with ex-British Army Gurkhas today to highlight their fight for rights to settle in Britain - and for better army pensions.

The march will head for the Royal Courts of Justice in London's Strand for the start of a challenge to their immigration status.

At the moment, Gurkhas who retired from the army after 1997 can automatically stay in the UK. But those who retired earlier must apply - and they can be refused and deported.

The Ab Fab actress will lead thousands of ex-British Gurkha soldiers and their families to the courts for a test case being brought by five veteran Gurkhas and the widow of a veteran Gurkha.

Nuneaton is home to about 70 Nepalese former soldiers - the majority of whom are worse off because of the inequality of pensions, which only affects those who served before 1997.

Solicitors representing the former Gurkhas, said the case will affect more than 2,000 retired Gurkhas who have been denied the right to settle in the UK.

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