Pardon for Alan Turing moves a step closer thanks to Lord Sharkey Bill

Alan Turing statue with artist Stephen Kettle
Alan Turing statue with artist Stephen Kettle
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A PRIVATE Member’s Bill to grant a pardon to codebreaking hero Alan Turing was introduced in the House of Lords on Wednesday as a campaign to clear his name picks up steam.

The Milton Keynes Citizen and MP Iain Stewart have been campaigning as part of a national move for a free pardon for Mr Turing for more than a year.

Mr Stewart said the new Bill represents ‘another good step forward.’

“It now has to pass through a number of stages before it makes it to the House of Commons but this is not the end of the battle.” he said.

“If we get a slot for a debate in the House of Commons then it won’t be protracted as it is only Alan Turing on the Bill. Inch by inch we are getting there.”

Mr Turing, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year, was convicted in March 1952 for offences under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, gross indecency between men.

In a statement on the Bill, Lord Sharkey referred to Turing as a ‘truly great Briton’ whose legacy as the father of computing will be felt ‘every time anyone uses a computer anywhere in the world.’