People Are Hanging Knickers Outside A Tory MP's Office After He Blocked An Upskirting Bill
Christopher Chope was greeted with some unusual bunting in parliament on Monday.
This was the scene outside Tory MP Christopher Chope's office in parliament on Monday morning, after he blocked a move to make upskirting a criminal offence.
Chope, MP for Christchurch in Dorset, shouted "object" as the title of the Voyeurism (Offences) Bill was read out in the House of Commons chamber on Friday.
Even though the bill had government support, the move effectively means that it goes to the back of the queue – prompting fury from ministers and fellow Tory MPs.
It's not the first knicker-bunting protest Chope has faced – on Saturday, these were strung outside his constituency office.
Chope has insisted that he does, in fact, support the move to make upskirting – taking a photo under a person's clothing without their consent – a specific criminal offence.
But he said he was objecting to the procedure of the bill being brought in with no debate. "The suggestion that I am some kind of pervert is a complete travesty of the truth," he said.
"This is something I have fought for in most of my time as an MP and it goes to the very heart of the power balance between the government and parliament," he told the Bournemouth Echo.
"The government is abusing parliamentary time for its own ends and in a democracy this is not acceptable. The government cannot just bring in what it wants on the nod. We don't quite live in the Putin era yet."