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‘Alan Turing Law’ Passed to Pardon Gay And Bisexual Men Convicted Before Homosexuality Was Decriminalised

The Lib Dems have struck a deal with the Government which will back an amendment by the party to the Police and Crime Bill, that will grant the pardons.

As well as those to be pardoned posthumously, men still alive can receive pardons if they apply for a disregard of their conviction under the Protection of Freedoms Act. 

In total, around 49,000 men were convicted under the old law.

The author of the amendment Lord Sharkey said: “This is a momentous day for thousands of families up and down the UK who have been campaigning on this issue for decades.

“I am very grateful for the Government’s support and the support of many of my colleagues in Parliament.

“It is a wonderful thing that we have been able to build on the pardon granted to Alan Turing during Coalition by extending it to the thousands of men convicted of sexual offences that existed before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1967 and which would not be crimes today.”

The campaign for such pardons has been gathering pace in recent years, backed by parliamentarians and celebrities like Professor Stephen Hawking, Stephen Fry and Benedict Cumberbatch.

SNP MP John Nicolson has campaigned on the issue and his own Private Member’s Bill on it was due to go to the Commons for a vote on Friday.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said: “The Liberal Democrats continue to be the strongest voice on equality in Parliament.

“This was a manifesto commitment which even in opposition, thanks to the tireless work of our MPs and peers and those from other parties, we have been able to deliver on.”

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