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Blair’s insult to family

Issue No. 1923a

ROSE GENTLE’S 19 year old son Gordon was killed serving with the British army in Iraq.

She and her 14 year old daughter Maxine are campaigning for the British troops to be brought home and for the occupation of Iraq to end.

The Ministry of Defence announced on Wednesday that Gordon’s family would not be receiving a pension because he had completed his training only a week before he was killed.

Rose told a press conference, “I don’t understand why my son can get killed in a war and yet he doesn’t qualify for a pension. It’s not about the money—it’s about the principle.”

Rose is speaking at the ESF and at Sunday’s demonstration.

She says, “I am hoping for a big turnout. We have got to get the troops out by Christmas. Tony Blair should resign. He is getting a chance to send more innocent people to be killed.”

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Thu 14 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1923a
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