UK government backs upskirting ban after lawmaker blocks it

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Christchurch MP Sir Christopher Chope had said he was objecting to parliamentary procedure rather than the law to make secretly photographing underneath a skirt a crime.

Theresa May told Cabinet that upskirting was "an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed", her spokesman told reporters.

Campaigners have hailed Government plans to ban upskirting as a "great day" for all "right-thinking individuals".

But Mrs May sought to soothe tensions in the wake of his actions, telling BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "That Bill was blocked, we're going to take the Bill that was blocked, the legislation that was blocked, and we're going to put it through in Government time".

He faced cries of "shame" in parliament after calling "object" to the proposed legislation - preventing its progress. And so, despite Chopes's intervention, upskirting should soon become illegal in Britain.

Gina Martin, an upskirting victim whose petition to criminalise the act won her a legion of celebrity supporters and political backing, said the move left her extremely upset.

The session caused such outrage it was trending on Twitter in the UK.

The first discussion will be held before parliament's summer break in July.

He explained that he stopped the bill from progressing because he disapproved of how the legislation was being brought in.

Ms Martin, a 26-year-old freelance writer living in London, said she spoke to Sir Christopher after the session to ask him about his decision.

"We knew this was a risk - but now I stand with powerful, passionate, women and men behind me, and I am committed to ..."

Green MP Caroline Lucas, who has an office near Sir Christopher, took a photo of the knickers adorning it and said: "Good to see some redecorating happening in my corridor over the weekend". "I remain positive, though".

Downing Street has said the government will adopt a backbench attempt to crack down on upskirting, after a Tory MP singlehandedly blocked the move.

"Labour have supported this campaign from the start, it's time for the Government to bring legislation and not rely on Private Members' Bills, which their own MPs have undermined".

"The Government is abusing parliamentary time for its own ends and, in a democracy, this is not acceptable".

It is not specifically banned in England and Wales, although it can be prosecuted under public decency or harassment laws.

As well as carrying a maximum two-year sentence, the new law, once it is passed, would also allow, in the most serious cases, those convicted to be placed on the sex offenders register.

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