Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Gurkhas vote - The people 1 Gordon Brown 0.

So democracy is not totally dead in this country after all. Though I understand that Gordon Brown was trying to stifle it in the voting lobby with his henchmen. Well done to Nick Clegg for putting forward this motion for a better deal for our Gurkhas. And well done to all those MPs that showed Gordon Brown just how wrong he was on this subject.

MPs voted by 267 to 246 in favour of the LibDem motion to extend an equal right of residence to all Gurkhas.

Who are the 246 that voted against this motion?

Here are the Labour MPs who did the right thing:

Dianne Abbott

Ian Cawsey

Harry Cohen

Jeremy Corbyn

Paul Farrelly

Mark Fisher

Neil Gerrard

Kate Hoey

Kelvin Hopkins

Joan Humble

Glenda Jackson

John McDonnell

Shona McIsaac

Andrew Macinlay

Gordon Marsden

Bob Marshall Andrews

Julie Morgan

Nick Palmer

Stephen Pound

Nick Rainsford

Andy Reed

Linda Riordan

Alan Simpson

Andrew Smith

Paul Truswell

Keith Vaz

Robert Wareing

Mike Wood


Theo said...

Why the hell didn't the Tories put forward the motion. there had better be a bloody good explanation.

Cato said...

I hear that Snotty doesn't consider the vote to be binding.

He'd better!

Daily Referendum said...


The Tories have made it quite clear where they stand on the Gurkha issue. If you saw PMQs today you will have seen that. Clegg has been running with this and Cameron and the Tories decided to support his motion. There's no point having two motions asking for the same deal.

Daily Referendum said...


Yes, he bloody better do.

Anonymous said...

Where were the British charities- Oxfam, Save the Children et al- in the debate about the Gurkhas? I would have thought that Oxfam would have had a lot to say about the Gurkhas, considering that these former soldiers come from one of the poorest countries in the world, and Nepal would benefit from having ex-Gurkhas living in the UK and sending remittances back home to their less well-off relatives and communities. But then these days the CEOs of these charities, Dame Barbara Stocking of Oxfam for example, are tight-lipped about criticising the Government, which may explain why they kept silent about the plight of Gurkha soldiers.