Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


09 APR 2018

Upskirting

Thank you for taking the time to email me about upskirting.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Ministry of Justice reassuring:

Upskirting is an absolutely unacceptable practice and there should be no doubt that such acts are illegal and will not be tolerated.
Depending on the individual circumstances and evidence available in each case, the Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether a prosecution should proceed and if so which specific offence should be charged. It is encouraging to see that such distressing behaviour has been successfully prosecuted on a number of occasions under a range of existing criminal offences including the common law offence of outraging public decency. Officials are reviewing the existing offences, some of which carry an unlimited prison sentence, to ensure they remain appropriate.

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