Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

Grahame Morris Supports Bill to Criminalise Upskirting

March 7, 2018 Press Releases 0

Grahame Morris, in advance of International Women’s Day on Thursday, has lent their support to a bill that aims to make “upskirting” a criminal offence.

Upskirting is the practice of taking photos of a woman from beneath her skirt, without her knowledge. This bill, introduced by Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, would make it a criminal offence under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The bill currently has cross-party support from MPs from the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives, Labour, the Greens and Plaid Cymru.

Grahame said: “I am completely shocked that this vile behaviour is not yet a criminal offence. There must be legislation to insist that this is a specific offence and cannot be tolerated. Women should never feel that they are unsafe or at risk because they are wearing a skirt.”

A small number of people have been prosecuted for upskirting under outraging public decency. However in many cases, the police say they can do nothing. Dame Vera Baird QC from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners said legislation as it currently stands “is far from clear as there is no specific offence”.

The issue hit headlines recently after Gina Martin fell victim to upskirting at a music festival over the summer. She then started a petition calling for the Metropolitan Police to reopen her case, and for upskirting to be made a sexual offence. The petition so far has received over 82,000 signatures.

Grahame continued: “I am proud to co-sponsor EDM 613 on Upskirting legislation and I hope that we can reach a consensus across parties to ensure this disgusting behaviour is not tolerated.”