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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Policing and Crime bill to incorporate "Alan Turing law"

‘Alan Turing law’ unveiled by government 

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Alan Turing with "Collosus" and the "Enigma"cipher machine. 
Alan Turing died in 1954. At the time, his death was recorded as suicide, but then and since there have been doubts raised as to the actual cause and the most likely explanation is that the death was accidental. The sentence that Turing received in 1952, a choice between imprisonment or chemical castration for the "crime" of gross indecency has long been considered as barbaric, being a reflection of "society attitude" towards the LGBT community in the United Kingdom at that time. It is now reported that the government is at last intending to introduce the necessary amendments to the Policing and Crime bill, which will effectively act as an apology to those convicted for consensual same-sex relationships before homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967.

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The Labour party has been campaigning for some time for this so called "Alan Turing law", but is has taken 64 years for government to acknowledge the gross injustice of convictions and punishments handed down to Turing and others, under the Criminal law amendment act of 1885.
Provided that the legislation for the "Alan Turing law" does not become lost in the maze of committees and sub-committees of the Parliamentary process, it is a change in the law which will be welcomed by the LGBT community generally and in particular by the families of those convicted under the 1885 legislation especially by the relatives and friends of Alan Turing.