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May 6, 2009 4:20 PM

The battle to secure a fair deal for Gurkhas has received a huge boost thanks to a Lib Dem victory in Parliament.

Lib Dem Leader Nick Clegg's motion to allow retired Gurkhas to settle in the UK was backed by MPs despite strong opposition by the Labour Government.

Now Lib Dem campaigners are demanding that Gordon Brown abides by the vote and finally gives retired Gurkhas the citizenship rights they deserve.

Nick Clegg said: "If someone is willing to die for our country, then they should be allowed to live in our country.

"Gurkha soldiers have a proud record of service in the British Army. It's time they were treated with the respect and dignity they truly deserve."

The Lib Dems have been campaigning for Gurkha rights for many years.

They have helped win better pay and pensions for Gurkhas as well as limited citizenship rights. The vote in Parliament should now mean the Government will finally relent and allow retired Gurkhas to settle in the UK if they wish.

If you wish to support our campaign for the Gurkhas, please visit our website at www.NickClegg.com/gurkhas.