Published: Wed, June 20, 2018

United Kingdom backs ban on upskirting photos after lawmaker blocks it

United Kingdom backs ban on upskirting photos after lawmaker blocks it

Chope, who has a history of blocking private members' bills, later said he did not object to the content of the law, just the way it was introduced.

"Upskirting is an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed", May tweeted Friday.

But he says he'd support moves to make upskirting illegal if it was introduced by the Conservative government.

He was heckled with cries of "shame!" as he deployed his oft-used tactic of opposing backbench private members' bills by simply shouting an objection moments after the Bill was called. And so, despite Chopes's intervention, upskirting should soon become illegal in Britain.

Gina Martin, an upskirting victim whose petition to criminalise the act won her a legion of celebrity supporters and political backing, said the decision left her extremely upset but that she remained positive.

He said: "The Government supported today's Bill on "up-skirting".

May's spokesman said the government will now adopt the bill, ensuring it is guaranteed time for debate.

The veteran politician, who was knighted this year, did not explain his reasoning publicly and was not immediately available to Reuters for comment.


"I was really cross on Friday and I thought a more gentle protest might be to make something", said artist Ms Rees, who used three pairs of trousers to adorn Sir Christopher's office in Christchurch.

She said: "We knew this was a risk but I now stand with powerful, passionate women and men behind me, and I am confident that (junior minister) Lucy Frazer is committed to, and will, close this gap in the law".

The first time Ms Rees put bunting up - after Sir Christopher blocked the ban on Friday - it was removed. "I remain positive, though".

The move comes after a Tory MP who blocked the progress of a backbench Bill to ban the practice of surreptitiously taking photos of underwear had his parliamentary office adorned with knickers.

"If a detailed bill is put before the house and it hasn't had any debate then as a matter of principle, I block it without looking into the details of the bill because as a matter of principle, I don't believe we should pass legislation which hasn't been scrutinized", he told LBC Radio, a London-based national talk radio station.

Mrs May's spokesman said: "Andrea Leadsom, the Leader of the House of Commons, said Wera Hobhouse had championed legislation to address this issue and brought it before parliament".

It is not specifically banned in England and Wales, although it can be prosecuted under public decency or harassment laws.

The proposed law would have meant that someone taking a photo up a woman's skirt without her consent could face up to two years in prison.

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