Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, has welcomed the Prime Ministers call for gay and bisexual men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences to apply for pardons from the Government. In answering his question at Prime Minister’s Questions (Wednesday 1 February 2017), Stuart is also proud to see Prime Minister Theresa May welcoming the posthumous pardon for thousands of gay and bisexual men under the Turing Law amendment.
Stuart asked the Prime Minister:
“Today it is inconceivable that somebody would be prosecuted based on who and what they are. Will my right hon. Friend join me in welcoming the posthumous pardon of some 49,000 men thanks to the Government’s Turing Bill which was enacted yesterday? Will she also encourage those who are still alive to come forward so that their injustices can be overturned?”
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, responded with:
“I am very happy to join my hon. Friend in welcoming an extremely important change in the law. We committed to it in our manifesto and have now delivered on it. Passing Turing’s law has been a long-standing commitment for the Government. It is momentous and takes action to right the wrongs of the past. Like my hon. Friend, I certainly encourage those still alive to apply to the Home Office to have their offences disregarded.”
The Government’s Turing’s Law:
- Living men convicted under the abolished sexual offences law are eligible to receive a pardon
- Around 49,000 men will receive a posthumous pardon
- The law is named after World War 2 hero Alan Turing who was convicted for his homosexuality
Following this Stuart Andrew MP said:
“I am pleased but unsurprised the Prime Minister has joined me in welcoming the historic passing of this amendment. For years gay and bisexual men across the nation have experienced the humiliation of criminal conviction for being themselves. I am proud to support a Conservative Government which has tried to undo the injustices of the past, and I hope those affected find some comfort in the words of the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister and I hope that many of those men affected to come forward as they are now eligible for a pardon.”