Tuesday 31 January 2017 / 6:49 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Sarah Champion responds to posthumous pardons for thousands of gay men

Sarah
Champion MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
, commenting on the posthumous
pardons for thousands of gay men as Turing’s Law receives Royal assent, said:

“The
Government’s decision on pardons is welcome and long overdue. Sadly, nothing
can undo the suffering of those men convicted, but at least they, or their
families, will now be able to clear their name.

“I hope this announcement will bring some comfort. However, with reported
incidents of hate crime against the LGBT community increasing, high levels of
LGBT homelessness and cuts to LGBT youth services across the country, we still have
such a long way to go in terms of real LGBT equality.”