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"How do you feel about the High Court ruling which deemed current immigration laws surrounding Gurkas lawful? Should they be changed?"

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The immigration laws around Gurkas ought to and need to be changed, they gave so much for our country defending us in the battle of Dunkirk and in Africa allowing them to immigrate here is the least we can do.
While we respect the court's decision, as I have made clear in parliament, the law is wrong and needs to be changed and we will be bring that forward in due course. This is a matter of decency and fairness on our part towards those that have given us so much.
The High Court did its job by faithfully interpreting the laws as written. The fault is not with the High Court, but with our laws as they are currently written. Fortunately, as lawmakers, we as MPs have an opportunity to correct this error in our law and ensure that all who have bravely fought for our United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations are able to immigrate to our Kingdom if they so wish. It is the least we can do to honour their courage and sacrifice. I look forward to working on a cross-party basis to correct this injustice once and for all.
Sir Duncan MacMahon met with Joanna Lumley and members of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, and afterwards delivered some short remarks to the press. 

"I'm very disappointed by the court's decision, but we have to respect it - the fault is not with them, but with the laws that they have been tasked with interpreting. It is our job, now, as lawmakers in parliament, to change these laws, and I think that Mr Justice Blake was correct in saying that the current cutoff point for Gurkha resettlement is 'arbitrary' and that the moral case for changing the law is strong. 

I'm pleased that there has been cross-party support for my motion saying that parliament supports a change in the law - to grant all Gurkha veterans the right to settle in the UK and be rewarded by the country that they served and sacrificed for - and I'm pleased that it looks like it will pass with unanimous consent. This is an issue that is very close to my heart, as it is to all of yours, and now our task must be to make sure the government keeps to its commitments and follows this up with a change in the law, pronto, before any unjust deportations get underway.

((Appearance with Lumley and the activists approved by admins.))
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People love Gurkas, people are not happy with what has happened to Gurkas, Padrig Havard is now Mr Popularity because he also like Gurkas. The PM got in and said that she loves Gurkas whilst Sir Clyde Brown did the same. This love in is lovely but it doesn't help anyone. Sir Dunk on the other hand turns up and does something. He campaigns with the Gurkas and with some celebrity and he extracts a promise from the Government that they will change the law. It's a win for the Lib Dems, pure and simple. XP to Havard, Hunter, and Brown.