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Bletchley Park codebreaking hero Alan Turing to receive Royal Pardon

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Codebreaking hero Alan Turing has been given a posthumous Royal Pardon after his conviction for homosexuality.

Mr Turing, who was part of a team at Bletchley Park who helped to shorten the Second World War by breaking the Enigma code, was convicted in 1952 after which he was chemically castrated.

Two years later he was found dead after suffering from cyanide poisoning and it was ruled in an inquest that he had committed suicide.

MP Iain Stewart, who serves Milton Keynes South, said: “Alan Turing was an incredibly important figure in our history. He was the father of computer science and the originator of the dominant technology of the late twentieth century.

“He made a huge impact on the world he lived in and left a legacy for the world of today and tomorrow. This Royal Pardon is a just reward for a man who was stripped of his honour, his work, and the loyalty he showed his nation.

“Alan Turing’s revolutionary work at Bletchley Park in my constituency, in no uncertain terms, contributed to ending World War Two and the preservation of our democratic freedoms.

“I am over the moon that justice has prevailed. I have campaigned since being elected; I mentioned it in my maiden speech and have pushed the discussion at every further opportunity. It is a move that is right and fair.”

Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, said: “This is welcome news for everyone who has been involved in the amazing campaign to pardon Alan Turing.

“Alan Turing was a great British hero persecuted for a crime that no longer exists. I am really pleased that the government has listened to campaigners and accepted the special circumstances for a pardon.”

 

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