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  Teen in protest on Iraq soldiers
Updated 19 August 2004, 14.44
Maxine and her mum outside 10 Downing Street
A girl whose brother was killed serving with the British army in Iraq was offered a surprise meeting with Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

Maxine Gentle, 14, was delivering a letter to Tony Blair when Mr Prescott offered to meet her and her mum.

He told them he was sorry a letter of sympathy from Mr Blair arrived nearly seven weeks after the tragedy.

But Maxine told Newsround: "No matter what they do it's not going to change that [my brother] Gordon's gone."

In her letter, Maxine, from Glasgow, pleaded with Mr Blair to send all the British soldiers in Iraq home.

"I just hope it brings back the soldiers, that's all," said Maxine.

Maxine's brother Gordon Gentle
Maxine's brother Gordon Gentle
Her brother Gordon, 19, was killed in Basra on 28 June when the jeep he was travelling in came across a roadside bomb.

He was sent to Iraq just a few weeks after finishing training for the 1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers.

Angry

Maxine's mum, Rose Gentle, walked out on the meeting with Mr Prescott saying he was "talking rubbish".

Mrs Gentle is understood to have been very angry that the letter from Mr Blair took so long to arrive.

Maxine and her mother were joined at Downing Street by members of the Stop The War coalition and anti-war Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn.

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