Ed Miliband has pledged that a future Labour Government will offer posthumous pardons for gay men convicted under historic indecency laws.
The new legislation will allow the family and friends of deceased men to apply to the Home Office to quash convictions under the historic ‘gross indecency’ law for consensual same-sex relationships.
This law will be known as Turing’s Law in memory of Alan Turing – the Enigma code-breaker – who was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 and has subsequently received a posthumous Royal pardon.
Ed Miliband said:“What was right for Alan Turing's family should be right for other families as well.
“I would like to pay tribute to campaigners in Milton Keynes and Bletchley Park who have done so much to raise the profile of the injustice faced by Alan Turing and others.
“The next Labour government will extend the right individuals already have to overturn convictions that society now see as grossly unfair to the relatives of those convicted who have passed away.”
Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, has been campaigning on this issue, he said: “This is welcome news for the many campaigners for justice not just for Alan Turing but for others also convicted under these historic laws. This is a big step forward in putting right a succession of historic wrongs.
“Alan Turing is a national hero who contributed enormously to the outcome of World War Two but his pardon was based on injustice not his achievements. It is important for government to extend this right to others who suffered similar treatment to Turing. I hope other parties will now get behind this legal change.”