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By Gary Gibbon

Updated on 07 May 2009

Downing Street insists that the Gurkhas' case will be reconsidered later this year under new guidelines and that the men will be allowed to stay. Gary Gibbon reports.

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There has been an extraordinary meeting between Gurkhas' rights supporter Joanna Lumley and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas, broadcast live from a Westminster television office.

Campaigners were incensed after the government rejected five test cases of veterans applying to stay in the UK, and accused the prime minister of betraying yesterday's promise to help.

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