Peter Hoskin

Government defeated in Gurkha vote

Government defeated in Gurkha vote
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Good news.  The Lib Dem motion to extend equal settlement rights to all Gurkhas has just been passed in the Commons, by 267 to 246 votes.  Nick Clegg, too often a figure of fun in Westminster, deserves a great deal of credit over this.

By contrast, Gordon Brown positioned his government on the wrong side of the issue, and he's been rewarded with a not insignificant rebellion by Labour MPs.  So, more bad headlines for the PM tomorrow and a futher erosion of his authority.  He really is just lurching from one calamity to another.