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Thursday 21 August 2014

London Notebook: Naomi Long's plea for gay code hero

Alan Turing helped crack German Enigma codes during the Second World War
Alan Turing helped crack German Enigma codes during the Second World War
Alliance's Naomi Long MP
Alliance's Naomi Long MP

Naomi Long – absent for last week's votes on same-sex marriage – has been busy supporting gay rights in other ways.

The East Belfast MP has signed parliamentary motions calling for wartime codebreaker Alan Turing (below) to be pardoned for his criminal conviction over a gay relationship and another condemning homophobic chanting at football matches.

Turing, who invented the machine that broke the Enigma code, was forced to take oestrogen therapy to avoid prison. He killed himself in 1954 at the age of 41.

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