Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tens of Thousands to Be Pardoned under Turing Law

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Tens of Thousands to Be Pardoned under Turing Law

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THOUSANDS of people convicted for homosexual acts in the last century are to be posthumously pardoned.

The so-called Alan Turing Law will see anyone convicted for consensual same-sex relationships before laws were changed formally pardoned.

Second World War codebreaker Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 while working at the University of Manchester for having a relationship with 19-year-old man.

The maths genius was chemically castrated and died two years later from cyanide poisoning. He was given a posthumous royal pardon in 2013.

Since then, former Manchester MP John Leech has been calling for the action to be extended to all those convicted of abolished sexual offences.

The Lib Dem politician, who represented Manchester Withington for a decade, said the amendment will effectively overturn the convictions of 75,895 people. …

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