Christopher Chope

Christchurch MP criticises Conservatives over 'lack of support' during upskirting row

Dog stabbing: Debate over service animal law

Dave Wade

BBC News

Yesterday we told you about Axle, the police dog who was stabbed four times on Wednesday night during an operation in Derbyshire.

The outpouring of support for Axle has been huge with hundreds of comments on social media.

Today a bill will be discussed by the government to bring in a law to stop people who attack police dogs and horses from claiming self-defence.

PD Axle
Derbyshire Police

It's been called Finn's law after a police dog was stabbed in 2016 and has received the support of Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

However, the bill's first reading was derailed by Tory MP, Sir Christopher Chope, who halted a bill to outlaw upskirting last month.

The Animal Welfare (Service) Bill, proposed by fellow Conservative Sir Oliver Heald, will be heard in the House of Commons today.

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Government bill on upskirting to be put forward

Legislation making upskirting a criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison will be introduced by the Government today.

It's after a private members bill to make taking photographs up skirts without consent illegal was blocked by the Christchurch MP Chris Chope on Friday

Chris Chope
UK Parliament
Sir Christopher Chope says he's “delighted” upskirting will be banned
The Tory MP says his only regret is that “other people have so cruelly misunderstood what I did”.