Liberal Democrat candidate for Derby North, Barry Holliday has slammed an ‘out of touch’ Tory for sabotaging Wera Hobhouse’s Bill to make upskirting a specific sexual offence today.
Having secured the Government’s support for her Bill to make upskirting a specific offence, Wera Hobhouse expected to pass through the House of Commons today. The Bill comes off the back of Gina Martin’s campaign, which she started after falling victim to the crime last summer.
However, in a shocking move Tory MP Christopher Chope, known for objecting to the second reading of the Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill, defied the Government and Number 10 by opposing the Bill, preventing it from proceeding to the next stage.
Barry Holliday said:
“It is outrageous that Christopher Chope has blocked this Bill to protect women and girls across England and Wales from this kind of depraved violation of privacy. This bill would have given police the tools they need to give the perpetrators of upskirting to justice.
“I am disgusted that Christopher Chope has seen fit to derail this universally supported Bill, which polling has shown to be supported by 96% of the public. He is a disgrace to the House of Commons and to his own party, who supported the Bill.
“I call on Christopher Chope to publicly apologise, especially to those who have been a victim of upskirting, and to offer his resignation after showing such a disregard for the dignity of women and girls.”
Today, Ed Davey MP has questioned if the recent allegations against the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign could threaten our very democracy.
Barry Holliday commented:
“If these allegations are true Parliament and the British public must be given the facts and the opportunity to Exit from Brexit. If true, the referendum result could be considered invalid.
Before we even get into the fact that a vision for Brexit wasn’t on the ballot paper, the very result could have been achieved through potential foul play.”
“Ed Davey is right to call for the Home Affairs Select Committee to investigate this potential activity. An enquiry must be the highest priority!”
Ed Davey’s press release is below:
Ed Davey: ‘serious allegations’ against Vote Leave campaign threaten ‘foundations of our democracy’
Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey has written to Yvette Cooper, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, calling on her to investigate the alleged illegal activity of Vote Leave.
Davey urges Cooper to: “immediately launch an enquiry” into the “serious accusations” against the Vote Leave campaign, including “deliberate overspending, illegal coordination and a significant cover-up of their relationship with the smaller campaign group BeLeave”
Davey explains that allegations against Cambridge Analytica, and the legal opinions of Helen Mountfield QC and Clare Montgomery, only strengthen the case for an urgent investigation.
He addresses Cooper, explaining that “if true, these allegations call into question the very foundations of our democracy, and I have no doubt you will agree with me that full disclosure must be given to Parliament and the British public on this extremely serious matter.”