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:
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.
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.