Sal Brinton on how Liberal Democrats helped change law on revenge porn

Sal BrintonIf you have half an hour today, make sure you listen to the Week in Westminster, available here on iPlayer.

In it, Tom Brake debates the merits of fixed term Parliaments. The Tory argument against them seems to be more based in self interest and “we are sick fed up of the coalition and these pesky Liberal Democrats” than anything that actually matters.

Sal Brinton is also on talking about revenge porn which was made illegal in moves driven by Liberal Democrats including Sal, Olly Grender, Jonathan Marks and Liz Barker. Presenter Helen Lewis had initially said that the move was part of Chris Grayling’s move to combat internet abuse. Sal put her right, explaining that the impetus actually came from Liberal Democrats on the back of Hannah Thompson’s campaign. She was very diplomatic about the process of getting Government support for the move. You’ll have to listen to see how, in the last few minutes of the programme.

Olly Grender confirmed that Grayling was initially sceptical about the need for a new law:

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8 Comments

  • Stephen Donnelly 26th Oct '14 - 4:17pm

    It is always right to be sceptical about the need for new laws.

  • Do Liberal Democrats really have nothing to say on the demand for £1.7 billion from the EU!!

    I’m afraid the days of ignoring issues you don’t like are now long gone, sooner or later you are going to be confronted to either defend it or condemn it, you certainly are not going to be allowed to get away with ignoring it and hoping nobody notices.

  • Igor Sagdejev 26th Oct '14 - 5:38pm

    Raddly, i can’t speak for other LibDems, and I fear this threadhere is not for this subject (although, sadly there is none opened for it), but this issue has been very much on my mind the last couple of days, certainly, more than revenge porn.

    No one is happy to receive and unexpected large bill, and I hope nothing is paid without some investigation. Also, it is rather strange that Mr Osborne (and, possibly, Mr Alexander) did not share their knowledge of this with Mr Cameron immediately. I also wish we had a better negotiator on this, than Mr Cameron, whose incoherent tantrum was not even amusing any more.

    And no, it did not inch me any closer to embracing Mr Farrage.

  • Rabiddiy
    The £1.7 billion demand is to a payment for revenge porn, unless you know something the rest of us do not.

    Cameron should shut up and pay up and stop playing to the rabid UKIP gallery. He cannot go around boasting that the economy is the fastest growing in the western world and then complain that a payment that his own chancellor and civil servants helped calculate now has to be met.

    Now Rabiddy, tell us your views about revenge porn, or is there some guilty secret you are trying to hide by changing the subject?

  • Paul In Wokingham 26th Oct '14 - 6:34pm

    The contribution to GDP from “illegal activities” such as drug dealing and prostitution (or “the hookers and blow component” as it is widely referred to) is 0.8% of UK GDP and a bit more in the wider EU.

    If you stripped out the contribution of these components to Eurozone GDP then the Eurozone would be in recession.

    Some people here seem to think we should pay. I disagree – the new basis is perfectly reasonable for forward budgeting but it is simply wrong to backdate it – remember this is a large bill to Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the UK to provide refunds to Germany, Austria and France. This is a lot to do with politics and very little to do with economics. And as some wise old sage once said “a few billion here and a few billion there and pretty soon you’re talking serious money”.

  • Slightly off topic: It does seem that The Times list of the Top 50 most influential Liberal Democrats published back on October 7, is now out of date. It would seem that either Hannah was totally off their radar or they didn’t think her campaign stood a chance of succeeding…

  • Coming back -please – to the subject of this thread, what on earth are we doing in supporting a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison for revenge porn. How can we do this and then go on preaching about crowded prisons and the efficacy of non-custodial penalties? I would hope that in practice custodial sentences will not be handed down by our judges – who can usually be relied upon to be more sensible than our politicians – but that does not excuse this element in the new legislation, and in particular Lib Dem support for it.

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