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Government time will be provided for upskirting legislation, Theresa May says

The Prime Minister said the practice was ‘invasive’ and ‘degrading’.

Theresa May has said the Government will provide time for anti-upskirting legislation to pass through Parliament.

The Prime Minister described upskirting as “invasive” and “degrading” as she promised to provide Government time for a Bill that seeks to criminalise the act.

On Friday Tory grandee Sir Christopher Chope, the 71-year-old MP for Christchurch in Dorset, shouted down the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill at the second reading stage in the Commons.

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 Theresa May

He was heckled with cries of “shame!” as he deployed his oft-used tactic of opposing backbench private members’ bills by simply shouting an objection moments after the Bill was called.

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.”

Mrs May added: “What we’re going to do on this upskirting issue is put in Government time and make sure that legislation is there on the statute book.

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Theresa May defended the decision to give a knighthood to Sir Christopher Chope (PA)

“It is an invasive, offensive act and we need to take action against it.”

Asked why Sir Christopher was knighted six months ago, Mrs May said: “Christopher Chope has been a long-standing Member of Parliament.

“What is important is how we respond to the legislation that was going to be there.

“Because the concern is not the issue of an individual, the concern is about are we going to ensure that something that is offensive to people, that is invasive of people’s privacy, are we going to ensure that action is taken about that? Yes we are.”

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