Iain Stewart, the newly-elected Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South, used his maiden speech in the House of Commons to highlight the heroic life of mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing. During his speech, Mr Stewart paid tribute to Gordon Brown’s actions as Prime Minister when he made a national apology for the treatment of the war-time code-breaker, persecuted for being gay and ultimately took his own life as a result.
Openly-gay Iain Stewart, whose constituency covers Bletchley Park, famed for code-breaking work during the second world war, was congratulated on an excellent first speech by fellow MPs from across the political divide, during which he said:
“I also wish to use this opportunity to pay tribute to the former Prime Minister, the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Mr Brown), for what he did to right the wrong against the brilliant code breaker and mathematician, Alan Turing, a national hero who was so persecuted for being gay that he ultimately took his own life. While the right hon. Gentleman and I share little political agreement – although, in the interests of full disclosure, I should declare that I was christened by his father – I pay tribute to him for making that national apology for the wrong done to Alan Turing.”
Matthew Sephton, Chairman of LGBTory, the Conservative LGBT group, commented:
“I am delighted that Iain used this opportunity to draw attention to the work of Alan Turing and the tragic nature of his hounding by the law and his untimely death. He is a national hero and the fact that this is being recognised by the new MP in the Bletchley area is a fitting tribute.”
“The Conservatives in the House of Commons now have more openly-LGBT MPs than in any other Party and I look forward to working with them all, as well as with the new Government, in the coming months and years. It is vital to ensure that issues which affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people both in the UK and around the world are highlighted at the heart of Government and Iain’s maiden speech has been a good start to this work in the new Parliament.”