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Gurkhas Hand Back Their Medals to Parliament

March 20, 2008 11:48 AM
By Lynne Beaumont, Liberal Democrat Leader, Shepway District Council

Gurkha protest outside ParliamentOn Wednesday 19th March, approximately 2,000 retired Gurkhas met outside the Houses of Parliament, along with several members of Shepway Liberal Democrats, to protest at the way they are treated differently to any other retired soldier in the British Army.

50 long service and good conduct medals, plus an MBE, were handed to Nick Clegg, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, in protest at the way they are being discriminated against.

Why is it, that Gurkha soldiers, who are re veered all over the world are being treated this way. If they retired before 1st July 1997, they are not given the chance to become British Citizens and live in the country they fought to protect.

It is an honour to help this proud race of people, who have been prepared to lay down their lives to protect our way of life, and our Country for the past 200 years.

No special treatment is being asked for. All that is needed to put this outrageous situation right, is to treat them the same as any other British Soldier.

This is in the gift of Gordon Brown, who could rectify this discrimination in an instant if he wished to do so.

Retired Gurkhas understand that a war is not won in a day. They understand that to win you keep going until you reach your objective. We will continue to fight this unfair, unjust Government, until this discrimination is at an end. We will continue to represent these brave, tireless, proud and incredibly loyal race of people until the objective is met.