Thank you to those who have contacted me about upskirting.
Upskirting is an absolutely unacceptable practice and I am determined to ensure that such an intrusive act is tackled robustly. I was extremely disappointed when the Private Member’s Bill you refer to did not make progress. Upskirting is a hideous invasion of privacy which leaves victims feeling degraded and distressed. There should be no doubt that such acts are illegal and will not be tolerated.
Although there are existing offences that can be used to punish upskirting in some circumstances, there is a gap in the law. The offences of outraging public decency or voyeurism may be used to capture upskirting, but there may be activities that are not caught by either provision. I therefore welcome that the Government is bringing legislation before the House in Government time to ensure that this practice becomes an offence, and I look forward to making upskirting an offence as soon as possible.
This law will close that loophole, and ensure there is no doubt that this activity is criminal and will not be tolerated. For the most serious sexual offences, this law will ensure that the offender is also placed on the sex offenders register.