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UK MP blocks proposal to make 'upskirting' a specific criminal offence

Upskirting likely to become criminal offense in UK Britain "upskirting" photos law would ban "hideous invasion of privacy" which has risen with smartphones
Jeannette Daniel | 17 June, 2018, 09:06

Ms Hobhouse said she was furious at the 71-year-old's objection, which prompted calls of "shame", including from a string of Tory frontbenches.

So, however worthy the cause, he insists on proper, extensive scrutiny, and he has spent most Commons Fridays for the last 20 years doing just that.

It means the Bill will have to return for another Friday Private Members Bill session, on July 6, if it is to have any hope of becoming law this Parliamentary term.

The PM expressed her "disappointment" that the private member's Bill, which would have made upskirting a criminal offence in its own right, was delayed in the Commons.

Britain plans to ban "upskirting" - secretly taking pictures up women's skirts - under a new law being debated in parliament on Friday that would impose prison sentences of up to two years.

"While we are disappointed this Bill did not pass second reading today, we look forward to supporting these measures through the House at the earliest possible opportunity".

While Scotland has had its own law on upskirting for nearly a decade, there is no specific legislation against the intrusive act in England and Wales, according to the PA.

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An attempt in the United Kingdom parliament to make upskirting a specific criminal offence was blocked by a Tory MP this afternoon, as shouts of "shame" rang out in the House of Commons. "We knew this was a risk - but I now stand with powerful, passionate women and men behind me".

Justice Minister Lucy Frazer called upskirting "a ugly invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed".

In a statement, campaigner Ms Martin said she had spoken to Sir Christopher, who agreed to discuss the Bill with her.

Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse, who brought the private member's bill to Parliament, also criticised the "out-of-touch Tory" for "sabotaging" it.

Due to a campaign by upskirting victim, it has now become an offence to upskirt someone.

While Scotland has had its own law on upskirting for nearly a decade, there is no specific legislation against the intrusive act in England and Wales, according to the UK's Press Association.

She started a campaign to change this, and the new law specifically refers to this type of sexual crime and can see those who do it placed on the sex offenders register.

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