Gurkhas’ right to settle: Brown defeated in vote

Gurkhas’ right to settle: Brown defeated in vote
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First Published: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 10 42 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 10 42 PM IST
London: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown lost a vote in Parliament as lawmakers from his Labour Party rebelled against his decision to deny a brigade of Nepalese soldiers residency rights, adding to a week of setbacks.
It is indeed turning into a bit of a week, Peter Mandelson, the business secretary, told BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme on Thursday.
The 267 to 246 vote late on Wednesday came after Brown was forced to back down over reform of the system of lawmakers’ expenses, scrap plans for a government database tracking electronic communications and scale back plans to build bigger jails.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 10 42 PM IST