Cameron backing Turing paper bid

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THE Prime Minister has joined the growing campaign to help return a unique collection of papers to Bletchley Park.

David Cameron was questioned on the matter during Prime Minister’s Questions by MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart.

During the broadcast Mr Stewart asked Mr Cameron to support the home of the codebreakers in acquiring the personal papers of Alan Turing.

He informed the PM that Bletchley Park was confident of raising funds to buy the papers but stood a risk of losing out on the purchase as the auction could take place before the fundraising target was reached.

He asked Mr Cameron if he would ‘do all he can to give Bletchley Park a fair chance to secure those important documents for the nation’.

The PM replied by praising Mr Turing as a remarkable man and hoped that private donors would generously support the campaign.

He said: “I am very happy to work with my honourable friend and do anything I can to make that happen.”

This public and high profile backing comes following the start of a campaign to return a number of papers by Mr Turing to their rightful home so that they can be enjoyed by the public.

So far the campaign has received a £100,000 boost from internet giants Google and is the subject of a huge solo mission by a freelance journalist.

Gareth Halfacree has been attempting to raise the money needed via a Just Giving page.

He is urging as many people as possible to donate through it by visiting www.justgiving.com/turing-papers and giving whatever they can.