Friday, 4 September 2009

Former Gurkha wins by-election for the ConservativesFriday

Eric Pickles has said he is "delighted" at news of an ex-Gurkha's victory in a Medway by-election.

Tashi Tamang Bhutia, the Conservative candidate in the previously Labour-held ward of Luton and Mayfield, finished first with 1042 votes.

Eric said Tashi's victory was "further proof of the invaluable contribution the Gurkha community makes to British society" and he added:

"It is a shame that the government had to be dragged kicking and screaming before they woke up and realised the Gurkhas should be treated as honoured veterans of our armed forces."

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