Gordon Brown apologises to Joanna Lumley

Tuesday March 30, 2010

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised to Joanna Lumley for what she called a "smear campaign" by one of his ministers over her championing of the Gurkhas.

Kevan Jones had criticised the actress's "deathly silence" on the Nepalese soldiers' welfare since she forced a government climbdown over their right to settle in the UK.

This week, Downing Street says the Prime Minister has had a "positive" telephone conversation with the Absolutely Fabulous star, in which he expressed regret over Mr Jones's comments.

"The Prime Minister has told me he thought the world of what we are doing to bring Gurkhas to this country and he's going to do everything in his powers to make sure they have every assistance," Joanna revealed at a press conference on Monday.

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