Liberal Democrats

Upskirting to be made a sexual offense

Today, a bill pioneered by Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, was passed by MPs in the House of Commons

By Wera Hobhouse, Sep 07, 2018 6:09

Wera Hobouse.

Over a year ago, I started work on making ‘upskirting’, the practice of photographs up a person’s skirt without their consent, a specific criminal offence.

I’m absolutely delighted that this bill has just been passed by MPs in the House of Commons.

This bill will protect everyone who chooses to wear a skirt in a public place and give them an option of recourse. 

For those who do not know, this bill started as my Private Members’ Bill, but despite widespread support, it was single-handedly blocked by Tory MP Christopher Chope in June this year.

This led to a national outcry against this injustice and the government decided to adopt my bill and make 'upskirting' - taking photographs up the skirt of a person without their consent - a specific crime.

Now the bill will go to the House of Lords to be debated and then hopefully will pass, receive Royal Assent and become the law.

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Thank you to everyone that been part of raising awareness of this issue and lobbying their MP. Achievements like this are why I am proud to be an MP. 

 

 

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