Please fulfill your pledge prior to the general election, that criminal convictions obtained back in the days when homosexuality was illegal would be deleted and removed from alongside the likes of paedophiles on the Police National Computer.

The law as I understand it at present compels someone to declare such a conviction if they are applying for work, and as I already stated, the names of individuals convicted are held on the Police National Computer, alonside the likes of paedophiles.

Why is this idea important?

This is important, as some people's lives have been blighted by such convictions, some people may not even know that they were on the Police National Computer.

There was a case last April of a 70 year old man who had gone through an horrific ordeal at the age of 19 in 1959 after engaging in consensual gay sex, he was tortured by the police and forced to confess to being gay.  He only discovered that his name was held on the Police National Computer at an elderly age, after seeing the results of a routine CRB check.

People like this man can be prosecuted for not declaring they have a conviction, this pledge should be fulfilled as soon as possible, and a full apology issued to all those like this man, and many many others who were tortured by the state purely because of their sexuality. 

It was only last year that Gordon Brown publicly apologised for the disgraceful treatment of Alan Turing, a war hero, who was tortured by the state because of his sexuality.

ALL of those who were imprisoned, or forced to undergo all sorts of disgraceful torture (called "therapy" back then) deserve a full and proper apology.  And this government should also do that in as full and proper manner as possible as soon as possible in a dignified and humble manner.

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