Wednesday, September 01, 2004


In his role as Shadow Defence Spokesman, Paul has backed calls for Gurkha soldiers to receive British citizenship.

Charles Kennedy said:

The Gurkhas are among the most celebrated soldiers in the British Army. Many people will be shocked to learn that Gurkhas are not automatically granted British citizenship. Gurkhas soldiers who have fought for Britain should not have to fight for citizenship as well. The Ghurkhas should be granted British citizenship as a right of service

Paul Keetch said:

We must recognise that we cannot treat 21st century soldiers like 19th century conscripts. The special historical arrangement that allows the British Army to treat Gurkhas as second class soldiers with regard to pensions and benefits must be revised.


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