The Government have legislated to make ‘upskirting’ a criminal offence. As from this month offenders can be arrested and sent to prison, as our new law comes into force across England and Wales, ensuring more people are protected from this degrading and humiliating practice.

Upskirting is a hideous invasion of privacy, but previously not all instances were covered by criminal law. Offenders will feel the full force of the law with up to two years in jail. The most serious offenders will be placed on the sex offenders’ register.

There is no excuse for this behaviour, and making ‘upskirting’ an offence is another step forward in challenging the sexist attitudes and behaviours in our society and I was pleased to be able to support this legislation.