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Tory minister branded a 'disgrace' as he obstructs bill to extend automatic gay pardons to those still alive

2016-10-21
Tory MP Sam Gyimah has been accused of filibustering a private members bill which would see all living men who were convicted of anti-homosexuality laws in the UK automatically pardoned. SNP MP John Nicolson had introduced the bill to extend automatic posthumous pardons - officially announced by the government yesterday - to living victims. He had previously explained his decision to the BBC's Daily Politics, saying: "It's great to forgive all the people who are now dead, but it's kind of sentimental. I'm more interested in forgiving the people who are still alive, and have lived with this for decades." On October 19, the British government announced that up to 75,000 men who were convicted of now-abolished anti-gay sexual offences will receive automatic posthumous pardons. However, the move did not extend to those who are still alive, must still apply through the Home Office to have their name cleared through a “disregard process”, before receiving their pardon. Today that private members was debated, however the discussions lasted for so long that the bill automatically fell before there was a chance to vote, after Tory Justice Minister Sam Gyimah seemingly allowed the debate to run past the 14:30pm deadline on purpose, as Sky News journalist Mollie Goodfellow reported via Twitter. https://twitter.com/hansmollman/status/789457547241594880 https://twitter.com/hansmollman/status/789458486254075904 https://twitter.com/hansmollman/status/789458978610839552 Politicians and voters from across the political spectrum took to Twitter to condemn the obstruction, with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon writing "shame on the Tories," while one conservative voter branded his actions a "disgrace." https://twitter.com/MargaretFerrier/status/789456698708754432 https://twitter.com/wesstreeting/status/789453578473705473 https://twitter.com/AdamMcquade/status/789460464199692288   https://twitter.com/mark_a_ellison/status/789455723637989377 https://twitter.com/wesstreeting/status/789460154341351424 https://twitter.com/mowords/status/789476465574305793 https://twitter.com/nathansparkling/status/789459230197776384 https://twitter.com/hanifleylabi/status/789458337268137984 https://twitter.com/NicolaSturgeon/status/789460006735319040 The bill will be debated again on December 16, according to reports. More stories: Album review | Lady Gaga: ‘Joanne’ Shayne Ward is the latest celeb to fall victim to an X-rated video leak