Conservative leadership candidate Kemi Badenoch said the Online Safety Bill was “unfit to become law” as the government confirmed that the final stages of the legislation had been delayed.
Former Minister Badenoch, who passed the second round of voting in the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party today, argues that postponing the Bill is the “right move”.
She added that if she succeeds in her quest to be a leader, she will “make sure the bill is not abused”.
Responding to earlier reports that the legislation had been delayed, Ms. Badenoch tweeted: “This would be a step in the right direction. The bill is unfit to become law.
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“If I am elected prime minister, I will make sure that the Bill is not too abusive. We should not legislate because of hurt feelings.”
Culture Minister Nadine Dorries, who is overseeing the bill’s Parliamentary passage, replied: “What part of the Bill provides for hurt feelings, Kemi?”
Ms Dorries is backing Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in the Conservative leadership race.
The Online Safety Bill The aim is to legislate the rules for how online platforms should deal with harmful content.
The bill is currently at the reporting stage and will be read for a third time in the Commons next week.
But in sending a business statement to MPs on Thursday, Commons Leader Mark Spencer made no mention of the Online Safety Bill as part of the business for the coming week.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman later said the bill was being delayed due to limited parliamentary time in preparation for the summer break.
“Yes, as you get closer to the summer break, time is limited,” he said.
“There are a range of competing requirements that need to be considered before the House rises. These include the Northern Ireland Protocol
“Some of that time will be spent getting votes of confidence. We’ve seen before that there are priority decisions that need to be made at this point.”
The bill is expected to be passed in the fall after the new prime minister takes office, the PA news agency has reported.
The original draft of the bill was introduced by former prime minister Theresa May in 2019.
But since then, it has been heavily revised and continues to be considered a controversial bill.
Campaigners have warned that the delay could be detrimental in the fight to keep children safe online.
Andy Burrows, head of child safety online policy at the NSPCC, said: “The Online Safety Bill is an important piece of legislation that is fundamentally about protecting children from harm and abuse. industrial-scale use on social media.
“Any delay will mean families continue to pay the price for the failure and inaction of the tech companies, who have let the harm fester rather than get their homes.” surname.
“Therefore, online regulation is crucial to forcing them to take action, and the provision of this law should be fundamental to any government’s mission to keep the most vulnerable people safe.” our society.”
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In January, a group of MPs warned that some of the “most insidious” images of child abuse and violence against women and girls could evade the law.
The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, has scrutinized the government’s draft Online Safety Bill.
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