Alan Turing Pardon: Victory in sight!

John Leech MP with petition creator Will Jones (centre) and Lord Sharkey, who is moving today’s Alan Turing Pardon bill.

Today is a huge step forward in the fight to get Alan Turing a pardon. Following a series of negotiations with the Government, my colleague Lord Sharkey moved the  Alan Turing (statutory pardon) Bill in the Lords.

I will be moving the same bill in the Commons. Given the all party support for the campaign, I fully expect the bill to be passed.

My EDM 225 Alan Turing can be found here:

http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/225
The e-petition to grant a pardon to Alan Turing has attracted over 35,000 signatures can be found here.  The e-petition was laid down by John Leech’s constituent Will Jones.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/23526
Lord Sharkey’s Private Members Bill is below:

Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill

A Bill to pardon Alan Mathison Turing for his conviction on 31 March 1952 of offences contrary to section 11 of the Criminal Amendment Act 1885.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1          Statutory Pardon of Alan Mathison Turing
(1)     Alan Turing is taken to be pardoned in respect of the offences under section 11  of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 (gross indecency between men) of which he was convicted at the Quarter Sessions at Knutsford, in the County of Cheshire,  on 31 March 1952.

(2)      In this section “Alan Turing” means Alan Mathison Turing, who was born on 23 June 1912, the son of Julius Mathison Turing and Ethel Sara Turing,  and who died on 8 June 1954.

(3)       This Act does not—
(a)       affect any conviction or sentence;
(b)       give rise to any right, entitlement or liability; or
(c)        affect the prerogative of mercy.

2          Short title, commencement and extent
(1)       This Act may be cited as the Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Act 2012.
(2)       This Act comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.
(3)           This Act extends to England and Wales.

5 responses to “Alan Turing Pardon: Victory in sight!

  1. As much as I completely agree that Alan Turing has contributed so much to our way of life that he deserves a pardon, I also believe that all the men convicted of the same crime deserve the same posthumous pardon.

  2. Synonymous’ view above sounds fair to me. At least John’s work here is sending a positive message.

    • Thanks, this could set a decent legal precedent. It could be a landmark case that ensures new legislation to clear the names of anyone historically persecuted by antiquated ideas of sexuality.

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