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PM says Government will back new laws to crack down on upskirting

Theresa May expresses her disappointed after a Tory MP blocked new measures to deal with the matter.

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Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her disappointment the Bill did not pass in the Commons (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her disappointment the Bill did not pass in the Commons (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May expressed her disappointment the Bill did not pass in the Commons (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged the Government will back moves to get anti-upskirting legislation through Parliament soon.

Mrs May expressed her “disappointment” that a private member’s Bill which would have made upskirting, the taking of a picture under someone’s clothing without their consent, a criminal offence in its own right was delayed in the Commons.

The proposed legislation was blocked when Tory grandee Sir Christopher Chope objected to it progressing through Parliament.

Mrs May said: “Upskirting is an invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed.

“I am disappointed the Bill didn’t make progress in the Commons today, and I want to see these measures pass through Parliament – with Government support – soon.”

Christchurch MP Sir Christopher faced cries of “shame!” in the Commons chamber when he derailed the Bill aimed at dealing with upskirting.

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