British lawmaker blocks 'upskirting' bill

British lawmaker blocks 'upskirting' bill

But the Bill was scuppered by veteran Christchurch MP Sir Christopher, despite the best efforts of Ms Hobhouse to get him on side from the backbenches earlier in the session.

"By making upskirting a specic offence, we are sending a clear message that it will not be tolerated".

Ms Martin's campaign won mass cross-party political support and widespread public support.

She said: 'upskirting is an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed.

Gina Martin, 26, who faced rape threats and abuse after launching a campaign against upskirting, said: "This is great news".

Even then, it would only take one dissenting voice to again put a stop to its progress.

The news Friday morning that the government was backing the bill led many to believe that the legislation could have a smooth passage through both Houses of Parliament.

Moments after blocking the upskirting Bill, Sir Christopher also opposed Finn's Law, Government-backed plans to give police dogs and horses extra legal protections from attack, and also talked out attempts to reform mental health units.

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Asked why he had recently been knighted, the prime minister said: "Christopher Chope has been a longstanding member of parliament".

A British lawmaker has blocked a bill that would make it a criminal offense to take a picture up a woman's skirt without her consent.

"Ryan (Whelan, her lawyer) and I have just spoken with Sir Christopher and he has agreed to meet with the two of us to discuss the Bill". "We knew this was a risk - but I now stand with powerful, passionate women and men behind me".

"I'm positive and hopeful that he will become a supporter".

Chope has previously blocked bills to prevent landlords from evicting tenants who complain about housing, and on a posthumous pardon for the second world war codebreaker Alan Turing, among others.

There were cries of "shame" in the Commons on Friday as Sir Christopher blocked the legislation, which was proposed by Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse and supported by ministers.

Victims of upskirting have been found to be as young as 10 years old.

A United Kingdom campaign to criminalize upskirting, the practice of filming up someone's clothing to see their genitals or underwear, looks set to succeed after the government announced its support for the new law Friday.

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