Upskirting

May 2018

 

Dear Constituent,

 

Thank you for contacting me about upskirting.

Upskirting is absolutely and completely unacceptable and I’m determined to ensure that such an intrusive act is tackled robustly. There should be no doubt whatsoever that such acts are illegal and won’t be tolerated, and I’m sympathetic to calls for a change in the law. As I understand it, officials in the Ministry of Justice are reviewing the current law to make sure that it’s fit for purpose and, as part of that work, the Government is considering the Private Member's Bill on Voyeurism that you mention.

I should also highlight that there are instances in which people have been successfully prosecuted for upskirting in the context of outraging public decency. Voyeurism can also be tackled under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. However, those offences don’t necessarily cover every instance of upskirting which is why there’s a strong case for looking at the law and considering whether it needs to be changed. I look forward to reading the Government’s conclusions when they’re published and I particularly look forward to supporting any measures that are necessary to combat this disgraceful practice. 

Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me.

 

With best wishes.

Kind regards,

Jonathan Lord.