A Victory For Decency

May 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Brown defeated over Gurkha rules – a victory for decency

Gordon Brown’s government has suffered a surprise defeat in the Commons on its policy of restricting the right of former Gurkhas to settle in the UK.

MPs voted by 267 to 246 in favour of a Lib Dem motion that all Gurkhas be offered an equal right of residence.

The Conservatives, SNP and several Labour MPs  backed the Lib Dem motion to scrap rules which leader Nick Clegg called “shameful”.

It is the biggest Commons victory achieved by the Liberal Democrats since their formation two decades ago, and is the first time a government has lost an opposition day debate since James Callaghan in January 1978.  For me it gives hope to those who had lost faith in politicans to do the right thing.

I can only endorse the view expressed by Nick Clegg who said the symbolic vote was a “victory for decency”.

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