Alan Turing Update: The Campaign goes on

No campaign worth its salt gives up at the first knock back. I understand why Lord McNally answered the question regarding Alan Turing’s pardon the way he did, but how can we tell other countries that they shouldn’t have anti-gay laws when we had them so recently, and won’t right a historical wrong to Alan Turing and lots of other gay men who were charged, and convicted, of the same “crime”?

Lots of people have been in touch since my EDM on Alan Turing, the vast majority being supportive. There were pieces for the BBC and the Guardian, Evening News, South Manchester Reporter, several online publications and a 10 minute interview with Ashley Byrne on his Radio Manchester’s LGBT show.

One lady, Mary Moxon asked me to publicise her attempts to get sponsorship for an “Alan Turing garden” at the Tatton Flower Shop.

If you want a copy of the plans, please e mail me, or contact Mary directly at

EDM 2660 has 21 signatures so far, from four separate political parties (Lib Dem, Labour, Tory and DUP). See which MP’s have signed, and ask your MP to sign.

Since the EDM went in, there are now 5000 more signatures on E petition. Current signatures stand at 26679. Add your name at


5 responses to “Alan Turing Update: The Campaign goes on

  1. Thanks for this update and for your good work raising awareness on this issue and trying to help the UK to have more credibility on these issues.

    This seems especially relevant when in this week alone two countries are making headlines over their attempts to strengthen their homophobic laws (Russia and Uganda).

    What do you think you as an MP in the UK can do to help to raise awareness about these concerning global trends and to help to create more international outcry?

    1. Russia = This week, St. Petersburg is pushing forward a law that would make it illegal for any person to write a book, publish an article or speak in public about being gay, lesbian, bi or transgender – labeling it “homosexual propaganda”.

    This is outrageous, and now is the time for world leaders to speak up. St. Petersburg’s Mayor Poltavchenko, President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin are all pushing for this law and changing their mind won’t be easy. The vote is scheduled for tomorrow and we urgently need every voice.

    Will you join me and help stop this horrific bill?

    2. Uganda =

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  3. I think that the stories of Alan Turing and Oscar Wilde are precisely why this country is so qualified to explain to other nations the damaging nature of LGBT discrimination. Pardoning either will just be an attempt to accept moral culpability for an event none of us have anything to do with, which will cheapen the cruelty inherient in Turing’s sentence.

    We should not be trying to right “historical wrongs”. There are no “historical wrongs”. There are things which are wrong, but they are consigned to history because there is no-one qualified to right them. We cannot apologise for the disilusion of the monestries, we cannot apologise for the Crusades and we can’t apologise for Empire. We can recognise the moral deficit which funded them, but we cannot take moral responsibility, unlike those in nations who do discriminate against gay people, who accept responsibility without recognising the moral deficit.

  4. Alan Turing did as much as any other individual, and much more than many, to help us repel the Nazi menace. Homosexuality between consenting adults should never have been illegal in the first place. He should be publicly honoured for what he did for this country regardless of his sexuality which should be left out of the debate.

  5. Alan Turing has I believe family members still alive today so this issue is not just historic. I think it is really important that we recognise past wrong doiings on our society’s behalf, their consequences today and figure out ways to live better.

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