Jeremy welcomes government introduction of upskirting bill

Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy has welcomed the Government’s introduction of the Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill into the House of Commons. Jeremy was a sponsor of the Bill when Wera Hobhouse MP first brought it into the Commons as a Private Members Bill. He is therefore greatly encouraged that the Government has recognised the support this bill has from the public, and is acting swiftly to address this particular gap that has been identified in the law.

The provisions in the Bill to ban upskirting and introduce a new criminal offence have strong cross-party support and the Government will now seek to pass this legislation as quickly as possible. The second reading of the Bill took place yesterday and it is anticipated that the bill will be debated in Committee next week.

Commenting, Jeremy said:

“Upskirting is a totally unacceptable and reprehensible action and we must quickly pass this legislation in order to close the current gap in criminal law. Having supported this Bill from its earliest stages I am encouraged that the Government has now taken it up and there will soon be protections for victims and appropriate penalties for perpetrators.”