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Hundreds of British priests sign statement backing Humanae Vitae

Pope Paul VI greets the crowd as he visits a Roman parish in April 1972 (CNS)

'This marks an important moment for the Church in this country,' one priest said

Nearly 500 British priests have backed a statement in support of the teaching of Humanae Vitae.

The clergy from across the country signed the document as the 50th anniversary of the encyclical approaches. Humanae Vitae affirmed traditional Christian teaching on the family and sexuality, and restated the Church’s total opposition to artificial contraception.

In the statement, the clergy say:

At the time of the publication of Humanae Vitae many rejected its message and its warnings. Many found the teaching that the use of contraception was in al l cases ‘absolutely excluded’ and ‘intrinsically wrong’ difficult to accept and challenging to proclaim. Fifty years later so much has unfolded in our society that has been to the detriment of human life and love. Many have come to appreciate again the wisdom of the Church’s teaching.

As priests we desire to affirm on this 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae the noble vision of procreative love as the Catholic Church has always taught and understood it. We believe a proper ‘human ecology’, a rediscovery of the way of nature and respect for human dignity is essential for the future of our people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. We propose discovering anew the message of Humanae Vitae, not only in fidelity to the Gospel, but as a key to the healing and true development of our society.

The organisers noted that the sheer number of signatories represents a significant shift in favour of the encyclical’s teachings. “In 1968 very few priests spo ke out confidently regarding this teaching and many dissented,” they said.

One priest commented: “It is hard to get 100 priests â€" the size of an average diocese â€" to do anything together but to get 500 is very significant indeed.

“We hope that the Church here will now recognise the importance of Humanae Vitae and place it at the forefront of our pastoral strategies and evangelisation. This marks an important moment for the Church in this country.”

The full statement:

In 1968 Pope Paul VI issued a re-affirmation of central aspects of the Church’s traditional teaching on human sexuality. The encyclical Humanae Vitae affirmed, in harmony with the Church’s traditional teaching, the purity and beauty of the spousal act, always open to procreation and always unitive.

Humanae Vitae predicted that if artificial contraception became widespread and commonly accepted by society then we would lose our proper unders tanding of marriage, the family, the dignity of the child and of women and even a proper appreciation of our bodies and the gift of male and female. The Holy Father warned that governments would begin to utilise coercive methods to control what is most private and intimate.

At the time of the publication of Humanae Vitae many rejected its message and its warnings. Many found the teaching that the use of contraception was in all cases ‘absolutely excluded’ and ‘intrinsically wrong’ difficult to accept and challenging to proclaim. Fifty years later so much has unfolded in our society that has been to the detriment of human life and love. Many have come to appreciate again the wisdom of the Church’s teaching.

As priests we desire to affirm on this 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae the noble vision of procreative love as the Catholic Church has always taught and understood it. We believe a proper ‘human ecology’, a rediscovery of th e way of nature and respect for human dignity is essential for the future of our people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. We propose discovering anew the message of Humanae Vitae, not only in fidelity to the Gospel, but as a key to the healing and true development of our society.

The full list of signatories:

Rev Sixtus Adejo CSSp
Rev Felix Adiele
Rev Robert Afayori
Rev Daniel Agber
Rev John Ahimbisibwe
Fr Emmanuel Ahua CSSp
Rev Richard Aladics
Canon Grzegorz Aleksandrowicz
Rev N S F Alldrit
Rev Rupert Allen
Rev Jim Allen
Mgr John Allen
Rev Andrew Allman
Rev Thomas Amungwa
Canon John Angus Macdonald
Canon David Annear
Rev Oliver Antao
Rev Mark Anwyll
Rev Ivan Aquilina
Rev Thevakingsley Arulananthem OAR
Rev Mario-Benedict Ashuikeka
Rt Rev Anselm Atkinson OSB
Rev Cyril Axelrod
Rev Peter Babangida
Rev David Baker
Fr Walter Bance
Mgr Keith Barltrop
Rev David Barnes
Rev John Barnes
Rev Christopher Basden
Rev Jeremy Bath
Canon John Batthula
Rev Miceál Beatty
Rev Matthew Bemand-Qureshi
Rev George Bennett
Rev Stanley Bennie
Rev Robert Beresford
Rev Tadeusz Bialas
Rev Pawel Bielak
Rev Jonathan Bielawski
Rev Steven Billington
Rev Martin Birrell OSB
Rev Raymond Blake
Fr Simon Blakesley
Rev John Bosco Bukomba
Rev Bernard Boylan
Rev Liam Bradley
Rev Jonathan Brandon
Rev John Brennan
Rev Tom Breslin
Rev Neil Brett
Rev Declan Brett
Rev Paul Broadbent
Dom Cuthbert Brogan OSB
Mgr Christopher Brooks
Rev Paul Brophy
Rev Scott Brossart SOLT
Rev Jonathan Brown
Rev Stephen Brown Cong Orat
Rev Michael Brown
Rev Andrew Browne
Rev John Brucciani SSPX
Rev Dominic Bucci
Rev John Buckley
Rev Ciprian Budah
Rev Timothy Bugby
Mgr Patrick Burke
Rev Jim Burns
Rev David Burns
R ev Peter Burns
Rev John Butters
Rev Gerard Byrne
Rev John Cahill
Rev Malcolm Cairns
Rev Xavier Calduch
Rev Ross Campbell
Rev Michael Campbell-Johnson SJ
Rev Francis Capener
Br Prins Casinader OFMCap
Rev Bernard Caszo MSFS
Rev Louis Catterall SMM
Very Rev Leo Chamberlain OSB
Rev Neil Chatfield
Fr Paul Chavasse Cong Orat
Rev Simon Chinery
Rev Anthony Cho
Rev Anthony Chundelikkat James
Rev Peter Clarke
Rev James Clarkson
Dom Michael Clothier OSB
Rev Frank Cole
Rev Pius Collins O Praem
Mgr Anthony Conlon
Rev Philip Conner
Rev Thomas Connolly
Fr John Cooke
Rev John Cooper
Rev John Corbyn
Rev Eamon Corduff
Rev Gordon Cordy
Rev Francis Courtney
Rev Francis Coveney
Rev Vincent Coyne OSM
Canon William Crawford
Rev Ross Crichton
Rev Vincent Curtis
Rev Harry Curtis
Rev Anthony Cussen SMA
Rev Victor Dakwan
Rev James Daley MHM
Fr Jere my Davies
Rev Ivan Dawson
Rev Philip de Freitas
Rev Guy de Gaynesford
Rev Armand de Malleray
Rev Agnelo de Souza
Rev Scott Deeley
Rev John Deighan
Canon Bernard Devine
Rev Gabriel Diaz-Patri
Rev Stephen Dingley
Rev Anthony Doe
Rev Daniel Donohue
Rev Michael Doody
Rev Kevin Douglas
Rev Kevin Dow
Canon Francis Doyle
Rev Thomas Doyle
Rev Marcin Drabik
Rev Richard Duffield Cong Orat
Rev Michael Dunn OP
Rev Philip Dyson
Rev James Earley
Rev Cyril Edamana
Rev Joseph Edattu
Rev Michael Edem CM
Canon Martin Edwards
Rev Ekpedeme Ekpe MSP
Rev Celestine Ekwueme
Rev Mark Eliot-Smith
Rev Simon Ellis
Rev Canon Michael English
Rev John-Paul Evans
Fr John Eze MSP
Rev Erico Falcao
Rev Marcel Fangoo CSSp
Fr Robert Farrell
Fr Ian Farrell
Rev Robin Farrow
Rev Eduard Fartan
Rev Stephen Fawcett
Rev Vincent Fedigan
Rev Anthony Fernandes SDB
Rev Patrick Feyisetan
Rev Christopher Findlay-Wilson
Fr Timothy Finigan
Rev Sean Finnegan
Rev Simon Firth
Rev Kieran Fitzharris SVD
Rev Patrick Flanagan
Rev Brendan Flaxman
Rev Kieran Fletcher
Rev Gerald Flood
Rev Frank Flynn
Rev John Fordham Cong Orat
Rev Andrew Forrest
Rev Stewart Foster
Rev Peter Fox
Very Rev William Fraser
Rev Oliver Freney
Rev Lorenzo Frosio
Mgr Canon John Furnival
Rev Michael Galbraith
Rev Michael Gamble
Rev John Gaul SCJ
Rev Paul Gibbons
Rev David Gibbons
Rev Stanislaw Gibzinski
Rev John Gildea
Rev Simon Gillespie
Canon Leo Glancey
Rev Peter Glas
Fr David Goddard
Fr Matthew Goddard FSSP
Rev Nixon Gomes
Rev Timothy Gorham OSB
Rev Nicholas Grace
Rev John Greatbatch
Fr Julian Green
Rev Peter Groody
Canon John Gunn
Rev Mariusz Gutowski SChr
Rev Bernard Hahesy
Rev John Hai Pham
Rev Michael Hall
Rev John Hancock
Rev Neil Hannigan
Rev Andrew Harding
Rev Benedict Hardy OSB
Rt Rev Mark Hargreaves OSB
Mgr Eugene Harkness
Rev Philip Harris
Rev John Harris
Rev Michael Harrison
Rev Peter Harvey
Rev William Hattie SX
Rev Padraig Hawkins
Rev Simon Heans
Rev Ian Hellyer
Rev Simon Henry
Rev Keith Herrera
Rev Stuart Hill
Rev Jonathan Hill
Rev Alex Hill
Rev Marcus Holden
Rev Daniel Horgan SSC
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Rev James Houghton
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Rev Damian Humphries
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Rev George Hutcheon
Rev Patrick Hutton
Bro. Raymond Hynes OFM
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Rev Jude Iroh MSP
Dom Raymond Jaconelli OCR
Rev Matthew Jakes
Rev Dylan James
Rev Pat Jeary
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Rev Michael Johnstone
Fr Michael Johonnet
Rev Sebastian Jones
Rev Bryan Jones
Rev Darryll Jordan
Rev Sony Josep h
Rev Euloge Kasine AA
Rev Daniel Kelly
Dom Brian Kelly OSB
Rev Joseph Kendall
Rev Lee Kenton
Rev Ian Ker
Rev Josemarie Kiganda
Br. Gerard Kinder SSS
Rev James Kirby
Rev Peter Kirkham
Fr Leszek Klos
Rev Vitalis Kondo
Br Jaroslaw Konopko OFMCap
Rev Tadeusz Kordys
Br Miroslaw Kosiec SDB
Rev Andrzej Kuklinski
Rev Douglas Lamb
Rev Stephen Langridge
Rev Serafino Lanzetta
Rev Joseph Lappin
Rev Julian Large Cong Orat
Rev Francis Leeder
Rev Marian Lekawa
Rev Paul Lester Cong Orat
Canon Michael Lewis
Rev Jacob Lewis
Rev Christopher Lindlar
Rev Paul Lippok
Rev Denys Lloyd
Rev Paul Lloyd
Rev Laurie Locke
Rev Canon Daniel Bernard Lordan
Rev Michael Lovell
Rev Alexander Lucie-Smith
Rev Jimmy Lutwana
Rev Thomas Lynch
Rev Francis Lynch
Canon Brendan MacCarthy
Mgr Peter Magee
Rev Louis Maggiore OFMCap
Rev Jerry Manomey
Rev Francis Ma ple OFMCap
Rev Geoffrey Marlor
Dom Cenydd Marrison OSB
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Fr Francis Marsden
Rev George Marsden
Rev Bernard Marsh
Rev Terry Martin
Rev William Massie
Rev David Frank Mawson
Rev Laurence Mayne
Rev Joseph McAuley
Mgr Kenneth McBride
Rev John McCann
Rev Michael McCormick
Rev Terry McGrath MSFS
Rev Brendan McGuinness
Rev Rupert McHardy Cong Orat
Rev John McInnes
Rev Michael McLaughlin
Rev Anthony McLaughlin
Rev Alan McMahon
Fr Bernard McNally
Rev Thomas McNulty
Fr John Menonkari
Rev Robert Mercer
Rev Anthony Meredith SJ
Rev Philip Miller
Rev Joseph Mills
Rev Donald Minchew
Rt Rev Mgr Thomas Monaghan
Rev Augustine Monaghan MHM
Rev Paul Moore
Rev Stephen Morgan
Mgr Vaughan Morgan
Rev John Moriarty
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Rev Stephen Morrison Opraem
Rev Frankie Mulgrew
Rev Kieran Mullarkey
Rev James Mulligan
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Rev Kevin Murphy
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Rev Philip Nathaniel
Rev Stephen Naughton
Rev Roger Nesbitt
Rev Guy Nicholls Cong Orat
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Rev Leonard Norman OCR
Rev Peter Norris
Rev John Nwadike
Rev Robbie O’Callaghan
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Rev Joseph O’Connor
Rev Kevin O’Connor
Rev Dominic O’Connor
Rev Patrick O’Doherty
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Rev Cyriacus Okafor
Rev Onyema Okorie
Canon John O’Leary
Rev Soji Mathew Olikkal
Rev Brien O’Mahony CSSp
Canon Brian O’Shea
Rev John Osman
Rev Wiktor Ostrowski
Fr David Palmer
Rev George Panackal
Rev Roy Pannell
Fr Anthony Parankimalil
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Rev David Phillips
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Fr Martin Pletts
Rev David Potter
Rev Philip Price
Rev Michael Puljic
Rev Eamon Rafferty CM
Rev Jon Ravensdale
Mgr Gordon Read
Rev Marek Reczek
Rev Paul Redmond
Rev Jonathan Redvers-Harris
Rev Francis Reid
Rev Mark Reilly
Rev Stephen Reynolds
Rev Neil Reynolds
Fr John Rice
Rev Graham Ricketts
Rev Sean Riley
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Rev George Roth FI
Canon Luiz Ruscillo
Rev Jakub Ruszniak SDB
Rev Canon Vincent Ryan
Rev John Ryan
Rev Brian Sandeman
Rev Martin Sanderson
Rev Denis Sarsfield
Rev Francis Sasinowski
Rev Allan Satur OSM
Fr John Saward
Rev Guy Sawyer
Rev Philip Scanlan IC
Rev Tony Schmitz
Rev John Seddon OSB
Rev Jean-Claude Selvini
Mgr Desmond Sexton
Rev John Sharp
Rev James Vincent Sheil CM
Rev Romany Shenouda Fathy
Canon Alexander Sherbrooke
Rev C hristopher Silva
Rev Bernard Sixtus
Rev James Smale
Rev Malcolm Smeaton
Rev John Smethurst
Rev Roger Spencer
Rev Kevin St Aubyn
Rev David Stafford
Rev Conor Stainton-Polland
Rev Thomas Stapleford OSB
Fr Andrew Starkie
Rev Jeffrey Steel
Dom Paul Stonham OSB
Rev Bryan Storey
Rev Shaun Swales
Rev Pawel Szatlewski
Rev Romuald Szczodrowski
Rev Roman Szczypa
Rev Roy Tablizo
Rev Patrick Tansey
Rev Brian Taylor
Rev William Taylor
Canon Colin Taylor
Rev Tom Thomas
Rev Christopher Thomas
Rev Philip Thomas
Rev James Tolhurst
Rev Edward Tomlinson
Rev Adrian Tomlinson
Rev Dennis Touw
Canon Adrian Towers
Rev Edward Tredota
Rev Simon Treloar
Rev Thomas Trench
Rev Aidan Turner
Mgr Canon Richard Twomey
Rev Gregory Umunna
Rev John Urquhart
Fr Edward van den Bergh Cong Orat
Rev Victor Vella
Rev Peter Vellacott
Rev Gregory Verissimo
Rev Mark Vickers
Rev John Victor
Rev David Waller
Fr Patrick Walsh
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Rev Christopher Warren
Rev Gerald Watkins
Rev Daniel Weatherly
Rev Nick Welsh
Rev Joseph Weston
Rev Ivan Weston
Rev Michael Wheaton
Rev Richard Whinder
Fr Henry Whisenant
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Rev Bruno Witchalls
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Fr Sebastian Wolff OSB
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Rev William Young
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McDonald's is ditching plastic straws in the UK and Ireland

McDonald's is joining the fight against plastic pollution by ditching single-use straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The global fast-food chain said it will switch to paper straws in all 1,361 of its restaurants in the UK and Ireland by 2019 and plans to test alternatives to plastic straws in other markets throughout the world later this year.

Restaurants in the UK and Ireland will begin making the change in September.

"McDonald's is committed to using our scale for good and working to find sustainable solutions for plastic straws globally," Global Supply Chain and Sustainability Executive Vice President Francesca DeBiase said in a news release. "In addition to the exciting news from the UK today, we are testing straw alternatives in other countries to provide the best experience for our customers. We hope this work will support industry wide ch ange and bring sustainable solutions to scale."

The move supports McDonald's goal to source all of its packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025 and to have recycling in all restaurants globally.

The chain has also begun testing alternatives to plastic straws in Belgium. Later this year, McDonald's will begin testing alternatives in some restaurants in the United States, France, Sweden, Norway and Australia.

Each day, more than 5 million plastic straws are used in the U.S., according to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which is working to make the disposable items a relic of the past. The coalition is comprised of more than 700 organizations, business and leaders in 60 countries, including Girl Scouts of the USA and Greenpeace.

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Britain's Rolls-Royce is slashing 4600 jobs

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British engineering company Rolls-Royce plans to cut 4,600 jobs in an effort to slash costs across its business.

The firm said in a statement Thursday that it would make the cuts over the next two years as it seeks to reduce annual costs by £400 million ($535 million) by 2020. Most of the job losses will be in the United Kingdom.

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McDonald's To Stop Using Plastic Straws In The United Kingdom And Ireland

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McDonald’s To Stop Using Plastic Straws In The United Kingdom And Ireland By Jacob Elyachar Tech Times Close McDonald’s UK and Ireland announced that it would be incorporating paper straws into all its restaurants starting in September. Australia, France, and Sweden are among the countries that would also get paper straws. ( Pixabay )

McDonald's customers in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be seeing significant changes to their drink orders starting this September.

Enter Paper Straws

McDona ld's revealed on its website that all 1,361 McDonald's restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland would start transitioning to using paper straws. The fast-food company hopes that by 2019, all its restaurants would be free of plastic straws. McDonald's also revealed that before they made the decision, they used some of their locations as pilot programs.

Restaurant leaders noted that customers reacted positively to the paper straws. They also stated that customers supported the permanent changeover because they wanted to help McDonald's protect the environment. Tech Times obtained a press release from McDonald's UK and Ireland that revealed the participating pilot restaurants put plastic straws behind the counter and allowed customers to choose if they wanted either a paper or a plastic straw.

The Next Phase

To help McDonald's UK and Ireland prepare for the paper straw transition, the franchises will receive the support of Wales-based start-up Transcend Packaging and longtime supply partner Huhtamaki Foodservice EAO. Both organizations are expected to supply the McDonald's UK and Ireland restaurants with the paper straws. The paper straw initiative is part of McDonald's overall goal of getting 100 percent renewable and recyclable packaging by 2025 worldwide.

"Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants," said Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald's UK and Ireland, to CNN.

The United Kingdom and Ireland are not the only countries that are expected to take part in this first phase of the plastic straw initiative. McDonald's in Australia, France, Norway, Sweden, and Malaysia will take part in this transition. Despite a report that McDonald's shareholders rejected a proposal to ban plastic straws earlier this year, several s elected United States restaurants will have access to paper straws.

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The European Union proposed a ban on 10 single-use plastic products to reduce the amount of plastic garbage that is found in their countries' beaches and bodies of water. They noted that up to 70 percent of the waste that is found in these areas are plastic items. Among the things that they are trying to ban include plastic straws, plastic plates, coffee stirrers, and cotton swabs. Also, the European Union have set a goal of collecting 90 percent of single-use plastic bottles by 2025.

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Microsoft Office 365 Outages Reported Across UK

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Office 365 users are suffering outages across the country today, with Microsoft confirming that they are experiencing issues that appear to be specific to users in the United Kingdom.

The outage comes weeks after the company suffered authentification issues that left thousands of users around the world locked out.

Office 365 is a collection of different applications aggregated under a common portal. Users have taken to Twitter to complain that the Email service within Office 365 is noticeably slow with some commenting that th eir Office 365 application is stuck on updating inbox.

While others are reporting problems with Office Find Time an application that highlights available schedule times in the users calendar. Other applications in Office such as Sharepoint are been reported as slow or unresponsive.

However, the bulk of the issues seem to be in the Email application of Office 365 with some users reporting delays of 30 minutes in sending and receiving emails, while others can not access their accounts at all.

The issues come just two days after Jared Spataro Corporate VP for Microsoft Office Marketing announced an array of planned updates in a blog post: “We’re pleased to announce user experience updates for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook rolling out gradually over the next few months.”

Spataro highlighted that the updates will not happen all at once: “Instead, over the next several months we will deploy new designs to select customers in stages and carefully test and learn. We’ll move them into production only after they’ve made it through rigorous rounds of validation and refinement.”

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At the time of writing the issues with Office 365 are contained to users within the United Kingdom.

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He also highlighted the need to have in place a contingency plan to deal with these types of outages that can have a severe impact on businesses operations: “Anyone outsourcing a critical communication service like email must consider a cyber resilience strategy that assures the ability to recover and continue with business as usual.”

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The UK Wanted to Ban Taking Photos Up Women's Skirts. One Lawmaker Shut it Down.

An attempt to make upskirting a criminal offense in the United Kingdom, punishable by up to two years in prison, has been blocked by a lawmaker in the ruling Conservative Party.

The 71-year-old Sir Christopher Chope ended debate on the legislation by formally objecting to it as it was being read in the lower house of parliament. He did not give a reason, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment by TIME.

Upskirting â€" the act of taking a picture up a woman’s skirt without her consent â€" has been the subject of a campaign by Gina Martin, a member of the public who was a victim of upskirting, who said she was “extremely upset and disappointed” by the objection.

Earlier on Friday the bill looked set to become law, after Prime Minister Theresa May’s government gave it its backing. But Chope’s objection means the law will have to be debated again at a later date due to a packed parliamentary timetable leaving insufficient time for immediate talks.

Upskirting is currently not a specific criminal offense in the U.K. The proposed bill would put it in line with other voyeurism offenses, closing what Martin, 25, called a “gap in the law.” Martin was upskirted in 2017, but was unable to prosecute after police deemed the image not obscene enough because she was wearing underwear.

The practic e is not a crime at a federal level in the U.S., but Massachusetts state lawmakers outlawed the practice in 2014. However the same year, a Texas court upheld its citizens’ constitutional right to take upskirt photos, referencing the right to freedom of speech.

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McDonald's to scrap plastic straws in UK and Ireland

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McDonald's has joined the fight against plastic pollution by switching to paper straws at its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The change, which will begin to take effect in September, follows trials of paper straws at select locations. The US fast food chain said a majority of its customers supported the move away from plastic.

"Reflecting the broader public debate, our customers told us they wanted to see a move on straws but to do so without compromising their overall experience when visiting our restaurants," said Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald's UK and Ireland.

McDonald's (MCD) uses 1.8 million straws each day at its 1,361 restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland. T he company said the changeover would be complete in 2019.

Plastic straws are the sixth most common type of litter globally, according to Litterati, an app that identifies and maps trash. Only 1% are recycled, largely because they are made of a mixture of polypropylene and polystyrene.

According to the UK government, 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die every year from eating or getting tangled in plastic waste. And research shows there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world's oceans by 2050.

UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove called on other companies to follow the example of McDonald's.

"McDonald's has made a significant investment in UK manufacturing to produce an alternative to plastic, showing British businesses are taking a global lead," he said in a statement.

Several large UK restaurant chains such as Pizza Express and Wagamama have already stopped using plastic straws. < /p>

And a group of more than 40 companies including Coca-Cola (KO), Nestle (NSRGF), Unilever (UL) and Procter & Gamble (PG) pledged earlier this year to slash the amount of plastic they use and throw away in the United Kingdom.

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The flurry of commitments comes as efforts to eliminate single-use plastic intensify.

The European Union moved last month to ban 10 items -- including plastic cutlery, straws and cotton swabs -- by 2030 in a bid to clean up the oceans. But it could take years to come into effect.

Related: Europe plans ban on plastic cutlery, straws and more

In April, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced the United Kingdom would look to ban plastic-stemmed cotton swabs, stirrers and straws. She urged Com monwealth countries to commit to the fight against plastic waste at a meeting in London.

McDonald's said that plastic straws would still be available "for those that require it," but they will be kept behind the counter.

Some manufacturers have previously argued against the removal of plastic straws because they are needed by some people with disabilities, children and the elderly.

-- Laura Smith-Spark and Jacopo Prisco contributed to this report.

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