Lucy has spoken today about her support for Ed Miliband’s pledge to extend the pardon granted to Alan Turing in 2013 to all gay men convicted under historical anti-homosexuality laws.
In 2013, Turing received a posthumous pardon and campaigners have since called for the pardon to be extended to include all men convicted under the same laws. This week Labour announced plans to bring in a “Turing’s Law” to allow friends and family of men who were convicted under anti-homosexuality laws to apply for a posthumous pardon.
“The decision to overturn Alan Turing’s conviction in 2013 was absolutely right and was long-overdue. That’s why I’m proud that Labour have this week committed to offering posthumous pardons to all gay men who were convicted under historical anti-homosexuality laws.
“This is a significant change for family and friends of the men who were prosecuted as it allows them to pursue the justice that eluded their loved ones when they were alive. It’s also about recognising that the fight for true equality goes on. That’s why we must speak out against homophobic and transphobic bullying and why we must continue to speak out for those across the world who are facing persecution and prejudice because of their gender or sexuality.”
Alan Turing, whose statue is situated in Sackville Gardens in the City Centre, is widely known as the father of mathematics and is credited with breaking Nazi Germany’s enigma code during the Second World War. Turing spent the last six years of his life working at the University of Manchester, and it was in Manchester that he was arrested for “gross indecency” in 1952. As part of his sentence, Turing was forced to undergo chemical castration and he died two years later, having apparently taken his own life.
Today, students at Manchester University attend lectures in a building bearing his name and a section of A6010, between Ashton Old Road and Hulme Hall Lane, was renamed Alan Turing Way in 1994.