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Insights and Anecdotes from guest speaker Lord Sharkey

Published Monday 17th of February 2014 03:43:24 PM

On the 10th January, Lord Sharkey presented a fascinating insight into his extraordinary career, the House of Lords, his prominent role in the Alan Turing Bill and during an informal supper with senior girls afterwards, his frank assessment of the current state of British Politics.

In providing the audience with his background, it was fascinating to hear about his role as Director of Saatchi & Saatchi in working for the Thatcher Government in 1986 during the general election; his story of meeting Margaret Thatcher and Norman Tebitt, and his realising that they were now his clients was compelling, as well as being very amusing!

It is his role as a Peer in the House of Lords that now occupies much of his time but it was his role in the Alan Turing Bill that all in Sherborne were waiting to hear about.

It is Lord Sharkey�s ambition to retrospectively overturn convictions of all those convicted and condemned of nothing more than being gay, and in a major first step to achieving this, it was deemed prudent to seek a pardon for the one of this countries most gifted and wronged people, Alan Turing. Thanks in part to Lord Sharkey�s Bill, on Christmas Eve 2013, nearly 60 years after his suicide from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41, Alan Turing was officially pardoned by the Queen.

Rowan MacNeary, Director of Sixth Form said, �It was a privilege to meet and listen to a man with such a wealth of life experience, who has met and worked with some of this country�s most significant people. The audience was gripped from the start and those lucky enough to attend the post-lecture supper were treated to stories and anecdotes that they will never forget!�
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