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Gurkha campaigners 'reassured'

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Joanna Lumley says she has been reassured by Immigration Minister Phil Woolas that rulings rejecting Gurkha veterans' rights to settle in the UK will be reconsidered.

The immigration minister held a hasty meeting with the actress and Gurkha campaigner, where she said she had been reassured no one was to be deported, and 1,500 applications would be looked at "sympathetically".

The actress joined the minister for an impromptu news conference after holding talks at the BBC's offices in Westminster.

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