For whatever reason, Labour ministers seem unable to cope with Joanna Lumley. Last year saw the actress embarrass Phil Woolas, the home office minister, who was forced into a climbdown over the number of Gurkhas who could stay in this country. Now a defence minister, Kevan Jones, and Gordon Brown have apologised to Ms. Lumley after Mr. Jones insulted her in a select committee hearing:
Prime Minister Gordon Brown told Gurkha campaigner Joanna Lumley today he was “sorry” over comments made about her by a Government minister.
Veterans minister Kevan Jones also apologised “unreservedly” to the actress for his criticism of her “deathly silence” on Gurkhas’ welfare since she forced a Government climbdown last year over the Nepalese troops’ right to settle in the UK in retirement.
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