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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is under pressure to scrap rules barring Gurkhas from Britain after the Government suffered an embarrassing Commons defeat – only Labour’s fourth since the party came to power in 1997. 

Brown and his Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas “paid a heavy price for attempting to introduce guidelines preventing thousands of veterans who had risked their lives for this country settling here with their families”, said the Daily Mail today. 

In a sign of his faltering authority, a total of 27 Labour MPs rebelled, including a ministerial aide who quit. Following a heated two-hour debate called by the Lib Dems, MPs voted to scrap the rules by 267 to 246. 

The result, whilst not binding on the Government, sends out a clear message to Mr Brown that he urgently needs to rethink the Home Office guidelines amidst widespread public anger. 

The result was announced amid shouts for Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who is responsible for immigration rules, to resign. 

The Labour rebels included Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz ministerial aide Stephen Pound and former cabinet minister Andrew Smith. 

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  1. […] Government, which suffered only its fourth Commons defeat since 1997 over the issue, will now publish new proposals by the […]

  2. Recent decision by Brown Government about Gurkhas settlement in the UK under their minimum four yesr sevice in the British army as other Commonwealth nation.s people does is their right but Government creating unnecessary boundries to stoping them for exercising their right is unfair in fact what it does matter whether pre 97 or post 97 they have to be given under same immigration status is the rightful decision otherways it is a conspirecy and against the equal right and fair judgement.

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