Lynne Featherstone has just tweeted to say the government has been defeated on the Gurkhas vote! Back of the net!! 267 for the Liberal Democrat motion, and 247 against were the scores on the doors.
Sky report the news here:
A Liberal Democrat motion – not binding on the Government – was supported by267 to 246, a majority of 21.
It came only hours after he (Brown) explained ministers’ position that the right of residence should be restricted for Gurkhas who quit the service before 1997.
Sky’s chief political correspondent Jon Craig said: “This is an embarrassing and humiliating defeat for the Government and a great victory for the Gurkhas and those campaigning on their behalf.”