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More from Joanna Lumley

More from the Lovely Lumley

"I'm delighted to be able to say that the Gurkha Justice Campaign now has
over 55,000 signatures - thank you so much.

I've recorded a special video message for all the supporters of the
Gurkha Justice Campaign which you can see
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=InjrGSHMQ2I and you can find more
information at our newly updated web site

Please do make sure all your family, friends, colleagues know about the
petition at
www.gurkhajustice.org.uk - I REALLY want to get more
signatures, and need your help. If everyone getting this email could
encourage just 20 friends to sign, we'd beat our target immediately.

I was delighted to be in Westminster on Monday at the third reading of
Lord Lee of Trafford's Immigration (Discharged Gurkhas) Bill in the
House of Lords (
http://tinyurl.com/3nekbe). The bill was unopposed in
the Lords, and now goes to the House of Commons - if there is enough
time in this session. Although it's apparently quite rare for a Private
Members Bill to get accepted by the Government, I hope they will do so
in this case - it simply does everything we want. We just need to
convince the Government to agree.

After the third reading debate was over, I went to a meeting with some
real ex-Gurkha heroes including Honorary Lieutenant Tul Bahadur Pun VC
who served as a Chindit in Burma with my father. At the meeting, it was
fantastic to receive pledges of support from lots of MPs, peers and
campaigners from all parties (and crossbenchers) to support Lord Lee's

Many people have asked for a petition form they can give to family and
friends - this can be downloaded
http://gurkhajustice.org.uk/gurkha_campaign_petition_form.pdf or
they can sign up on the site directly.

With warmest good wishes,


PS. As you can see in the video, I've made good use of my Gurkha Justice
t-shirt this week - a really simple way to show my support for the
campaign and get the web site address out quickly. So many people have
asked where they can get one that we've set up an online shop - so you
can buy a Gurkha Justice t-shirt or sweatshirt and help spread the word
with pride too.

You can buy from
http://gurkhajustice.spreadshirt.net - every item sold
from this online shop will make the campaign a small profit which will
be used to further promote the cause."

If you haven't seen the case on TV or read about it, this is a good way for people to know what is going on.  i signed the petition immediately i was able to as i think the Government is behaving very shabbily to some of the bravest soldiers i have ever heard of.   Many lost their lives for us and were part of our Army for heavens sake!  We do need to shake their tree and get them to step up to the plate.
We let so many "refugees" come and live here and sponge off our social services and the NHS, to the extent of not hearing English spoken in many parts of the country - the Gurkhas don't whine or ask for anything they're not entitled to.  Injustice always makes me mad...


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Oct. 18th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that I am not a news watcher or that into current affairs,but I had heard all about this .I am disgusted that this is happening!
I watched Three Pints Of Lager last night and Joanna was a guest, and most of her time was spent discussing the plight of the Gurkhas.It was brilliant exposure for the cause as Al Murray pulls in millions of viewers and so ,I hope that will mean Joanna and the Gurkhas will have even more success . I have signed the petition and they have my support. I only hope that the Government change their minds.
Oct. 18th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Well done! And thank you.
i think it is a very good thing Joanna is campagning for them and is able to use her celebrity status to publicise their plight. It's been excellent so far and i hope they make it. It will be a national disgrace if they don't.
i have sent off for a tee and will have someone take a photo of me in it, so i can put it up here and Facebook while this campaign runs.

Edited at 2008-10-18 03:35 pm (UTC)
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