Theresa May says those convicted of consensual gay sex could have records cleared

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Theresa May, Minister for Women and Equalities, has spoken out on a new equalities strategy, announcing that those with convictions for consensual gay sex should soon be able to apply to have their records cleared.

During a speech, May claimed: “We need to correct historical injustices. So I am pleased to announce today that we will introduce measures in the Freedom Bill so that it is possible for those with old convictions for consensual gay sex to apply for their record to be deleted from the police national computer so that they no longer have to declare them and they won’t show up on criminal record checks.”

She added, “We will give schools the power to take tough action to tackle bullying, including homophobic and transphobic bullying.”

May will however scrap an inequality measure that would have called for public bodies to address class inequalities introduced by Harriet Harman, labelling it ‘ridiculous’.

“They thought they could make people’s lives better by simply passing a law saying that they should be made better. That is why I am announcing today that we are scrapping Harman’s law for good,” she said.