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MPs move to condemn man who blocked upskirting bill

Sir Christopher Chope Photo: PA images

MP's from across the region have condemned a Tory grandee who blocked a move to make upskirting illegal.

There were cries of “shame!” as Sir Christopher Chope dealt a blow to campaigners after announcing he objected to the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill which would make it illegal for offenders to take a picture under someone’s clothing without their consent.

The Government stated its support for making upskirting a specific criminal offence hours before Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse’s Private Members’ Bill received its second reading in the Commons on Friday.

Local MPs were swift to give their response to the objection. Among them were Stamford MP Nick Boles, who said there were "one or two MPs whose knuckles drag along the ground."

Also speaking out against the move were Colchester MP Will Quince

George Freeman was also quick to speak out.

Watch ITN's Penny Marshal's report on how the bill was blocked.

But the Bill – which would have progressed to the amendment stage before returning to the Commons and the Lords and, later, receiving Royal Ascent – was scuppered by veteran Christchurch MP Sir Christopher, despite the best efforts of Ms Hobhouse to get him on side from the backbenches earlier in the session.

It means the Bill will have to return for another Friday Private Members Bill session, on July 6, if it is to have any hope of becoming law this Parliamentary term.

Even then, it would only take one dissenting voice to again put a stop to its progress.