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Gurkha champion Joanna Lumley hits back at minister

Actor's campaign was criticised by Kevan Jones for building up 'false expectations' among veterans moving to UK

Joanna Lumley and Gurkha veterans react after being told all Gurkha veterans can settle in the UK

British actress Joanna Lumley and Gurkha veterans react outside the Houses of Parliament in May 2009 after the government announced it would allow retired Gurkha veterans to settle in the country. Photograph: Sang Tan/AP

Joanna Lumley has accused the government of using smear tactics against the successful campaign she fronted to let more Gurkhas settle in the UK.

The actor said she was forced to break her silence by a "personal attack" from the defence minister, Kevan Jones, who said Lumley had maintained a "deathly silence" about confusion over Gurkhas' rights....[more...]

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