A hundred demonstrators gathered outside the Palace of Westminster at 7 p.m. on 23rd February, to protest at the prosecution of the ‘Bolton 7’ for consensual sex in the privacy of their own homes.
This prosecution, authorised personally by Dame Barbara Mills, head of the Crown Prosecution Service, has been estimated to have wasted half a million pounds of public money.
Terry Connell and Craig Turner with Chris from Stonewall, 56 KB
Although the defendants, convicted in January, escaped prison sentences owing to massive public support, (local, national, and international), they have still been scarred by the traumatic experience.
The protest was organised by Stonewall and supported by OutRage!, who assisted with publicising the event at very short notice.
After the peaceful demonstration, about 60 protestors crammed into a small room inside the Palace, where Angela Mason of Stonewall introduced several speakers:
Dr. Evan Harris, MP, (Lib. Dem.), who
Terry Connell and Craig Turner, (two of the defendants), who
and Peter Tatchell, who
OutRage! is supporting and publicising an urgent appeal for donations to help pay for the defence campaign, and for the £ 500 costs awarded against Terry Connell.
Please send your contribution to:
“Bolton 7 Defence Campaign”,
c/o Greater Manchester Lesbian & Gay Policing Initiative,
P.O. Box 100,