Liberal Democrat peer Lord Sharkey has introduced a Private Members Bill in the House of Lords to give a posthumous pardon to Alan Turing.

Lord Sharkey said: “Alan Turing helped save this country. His work on cracking the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park during World War II undoubtedly changed the course of the war and saved many thousands of lives.

“Instead of being rewarded by his country, he was cruelly punished and convicted simply for being gay.

“If my Bill becomes law, as I hope it will, then this will finally go some way towards acknowledging the debt we all owe to Alan Turing and grant him the pardon he so clearly deserves.”

You can follow the bill’s progress here.

The bill reads:

1 Statutory Pardon of Alan Mathison Turing

(1) Alan Mathison Turing, who was born on 23 June 1912 and died on 8 June 1954, and who was convicted of offences under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 (gross indecency between men) at the Quarter Sessions at Knutsford in Cheshire on 31 March 1952, is to be taken to be pardoned for those offences.

(2) This Act does not affect any convictionor sentence or give rise to any right, entitlement or liability, and does not affect the prerogative of mercy.

2 Short title and extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Act 2013.
(2) This Act extends to England and Wales.

4 Comments
  1. Jai 5 years ago

    This is fantastic news 🙂

  2. Spunky304R 5 years ago

    About time too.

  3. Arran Kobi 5 years ago

    Right a wrong, gets my vote.

  4. Orient 5 years ago

    Hm. I’m not good at law – will this create a precedent for other men to receive posthumous pardons as well?

    Either way, it’s something that should have been done long before.

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