Tuesday, 29 May 2007

An Open Letter to Patrick Hall

Dear Patrick,

I am writing to invite you to help take up a case where the Home Office immigration minister Liam Byrne has been responsible for a monumental injustice.

Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun VC is now aged 84. In 1944 he won a VC fighting for the British army with the Gurkha regiment in Burma. You can find the VC citation on the web, and even by the standards of winners of VCs, his selfless actions when already severely wounded were utterly amazing. In 1953 he was invited to Britain for the coronation, and invited to have tea with the Queen Mother. His actual medal is in the Gurkha museum in Winchester to whom he donated it.

He is now quite old and frail and unable to walk each month across the mountain valley from his home to collect his £130 a month army pension. He would like to move England. His application has been refused by the Home Office on the grounds that he can show no connection to the United Kingdom.

I am sure that you wish to make representations to ensure that this injustice is reversed.

1 comment:

barry monk said...

For those of you who don't like in Bedford, Patrick Hall is the local Labour MP who I will be opposing at the next general election.

Patrick tends to avoid anything that might be remotely critical of the labour government, so lets see.