Maria Miller MP for Basingstoke and Chair of the House of Commons Women and Equality Select Committee and Simon Hart MP have secured a debate on “Online Abuse” on the floor of the House at 11.30am 7 July 2016.
This campaign is an opportunity to gather people’s views on what a wholesale review of the law might include. National Police lead Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh is clear the status quo in law doesn't serve victims - that there has been an explosion of online crime and that much of the legislation predates the Internet age. There needs to be better training for the Police particularly around evidence gathering; and we need to consider whether anonymity for victims could be appropriate too.
In Westminster Hall Debate : Building Regulations on Wednesday 11 May, the Minister for Local Growth provided assurance that work is being done on Maria's proposals to make the reports compiled during the building of new houses available to the new purchaser.
Maria Miller is campaigning for changes in the law to tackle online abuse and trolling as the current legislation does not adequately protect individuals and makes it difficult for police to help victims.