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.”