Earlier this November, I showed my strong support to the Gurkha community’s fight for equal pension rights by visiting the hunger strikers outside 10 Downing Street and writing to the Prime Minister with their concerns.
Many campaigners have been fighting for justice for almost two decades and while the previous Government made some concessions, Gurkhas are still fighting for equal pensions, but also healthcare, benefits and what are seen as historic grievances.
After having visited the hunger strikers, I was pleased to hear that the 14-day hunger strike lead by prominent campaigner, Gyanrai Raj, was called off with the welcome news that the Prime Minister had given his approval for an inquiry into all of the Gurkhas grievances.
The Government has stated that all its departments will fully cooperate with the inquiry and I hope they live up to this promise. It is a very encouraging step forward and we can only hope that the results of the findings of the inquiry will mark a positive turning point in the Gurkha community’s fight for equality.