Early day motion 225


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Total number of signatures: 36

Allen, Graham Barron, Kevin Bayley, Hugh Begg, Anne
Bottomley, Peter Brooke, Annette Caton, Martin Corbyn, Jeremy
Crockart, Mike Dobbin, Jim Dowd, Jim Farron, Tim
Flynn, Paul George, Andrew Gilbert, Stephen Godsiff, Roger
Goggins, Paul Hemming, John Hopkins, Kelvin Huppert, Julian
Jackson, Glenda Kirby, Simon Leech, John Lucas, Caroline
Marsden, Gordon McDonnell, John Meale, Alan Mulholland, Greg
Osborne, Sandra Pugh, John Rotheram, Steve Stephenson, Andrew
Stringer, Graham Weatherley, Mike Williams, Stephen Wright, Simon

That this House commemorates Alan Turing on his birthday, 23 June, for his many mathematical and scientific breakthroughs including the vital contribution he made to Britain's war effort by inventing the machine that broke the Enigma code; regrets that following his years of national service, he received a criminal conviction for having a sexual relationship with another man; deplores the fact that he was forced to take oestrogen therapy or be sent to prison if he did not comply; expresses profound sorrow that he went on to take his own life on 8 June 1954 at the age of just 41 years; recognises that so far over 34,000 people have signed the e-petition on the 10 Downing Street website calling for Alan Turing to be pardoned; calls therefore for a posthumous or disregarded conviction to be granted; and acknowledges the huge and unnecessary suffering that he and so many other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have had to endure.