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- Feb.08.2019: Tory MP who blocked upskirting bill halts FGM protection law. Conservative MP Christopher Chope, who gained notoriety after he blocked a bill to make upskirting a criminal offence, has used the same parliamentary tactic to halt a planned law making it easier to protect girls from female genital mutilation (FGM). Chope and fellow backbencher Peter Bone objected to another proposed by Goldsmith, to help the finances of Kew Gardens. Christopher Chope’s decision to object described as ‘appalling’ by Zac Goldsmith. Chope has obstructed a series of bills in this way - but did not object to two private members’ bills put forward by his friends. Peter Walker, The Guardian.
- Jun.15.2018: Tory MP Christopher Chope blocks progress of upskirting bill. A bill to make upskirting a specific criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison has been blocked in the House of Commons after a single Conservative MP objected to it. The voyeurism (offences) bill on upskirting – the taking of surreptitious, sexually intrusive images – was put forward by the Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse after a campaign by Gina Martin. Police have declined to prosecute a man Martin accused of taking underskirt pictures of her on his phone at a music festival in London last summer. As a private member’s bill it would normally have little chance of becoming law. But early on Friday the justice minister Lucy Frazer said the govt would back it. Chope also used the Commons session to delay another govt-backed bill, which would make it an offence to attack police dogs or horses, or prison officer dogs. Both were among a series of private member’s bills being given their second reading in the Commons on Friday. If no MP disagrees they are passed without a vote and can be given a date for their third reading. Last year Chope proposed 47 private member’s’ bills of his own. Hobhouse said she was furious at Chope’s objection, which prompted calls of “shame”, including from the Tory frontbenches. “I don’t think he actually has any substantive problems with the bill,” she told the Guardian. “He hardly knows what upskirting is, I think. It’s just he doesn’t like private member’s bills and certainly doesn’t like them when they come from other parties. The fate is even less clear for the animal welfare (service animals) bill. Backed by Michael Gove, the environment secretary, it amends the 2006 Animal Welfare Act to make it a specific offence to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal “under the control of a relevant officer”, such as a police or prison officer. The bill also removes the provision for someone to claim they were acting in self defence if they harmed a service animal. It was introduced by Sir Oliver Heald, the Tory MP for North East Hertfordshire, after a police dog called Finn was stabbed by a robbery suspect in 2016. Peter Walker, The Guardian.
- May.11.2018: Private bill to introduce further charges to patients for healthcare services is due for second reading today. Christopher Chope, a barrister and the Conservative MP for Christchurch, has proposed a private bill that would make provision for co-funding, and to extend the use of ‘co-payment’ – charges – throughout the National Health Service (NHS); and for “connected purposes.” Though there are already some charges for health services such dental treatments, eye tests and prescriptions already, experts have warned that if the bill gains assent, it would open the floodgates to charging for a range of other services including GPs appointments and minor operations. The National Health Service (Co-Funding and CoPayment) Bill would “make provision for co-funding and for the extension of co-payment for NHS services in England” and this will be the second reading of the bill. MPs are set to debate the proposed bill today. Kitty S. Jones, Guy Debord's Cat. Link to Bill: Parliament.uk