Reading & District Labour Party Media Release
Matt Rodda and Gyanraj Rai take Gurkha case for fair pensions to Parliament
Reading East Labour candidate Matt Rodda went to the House of Commons, with Gurkha campaigner, Gyanraj Rai, to meet Ian Mearns MP, Labour MP for Gateshead and one of the officers of the All Party Group on Gurkha Welfare, which was asked to examine the Gurkha case for fair pensions last year, following which Gyanraj Rai called off his hunger strike.
Mr Mearns promised to press the APG to support a fair deal for the Gurkhas and put their case to Government. He said: "Since the outbreak of World War II the Gurkhas have given a million years of service in the British Army, they deserve a fair deal.”
After the meeting on Thursday (January 23rd) Matt said: "The Government owes a debt of honour to the Gurkhas. I am very pleased Ian Mearns and other backbench MPs will support a fair deal for them, and hope that the APG will agree and not try, however great the pressure from the Treasury, to fudge the issue.
"It is extremely unfair that Gurkhas who retired before 1997 get less than a third of the pension of British and Commonwealth soldiers who served in the British Army".