London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis is supporting plans to fight child pornography and exploitation across the European Union.

The European Parliament will vote tomorrow to on proposals which will stop abuse, block access to child pornography and criminalise the sexual grooming of children. Marina worked on the measures as a member of the parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee.

In a speech to the parliament Marina said: “We need to act to combat the appalling sexual abuse of children.

“Prevention is always the best way forward. I am pleased that the report has included the consideration of implementing an EU-wide telephone help line.

“In the United Kingdom, we have a successful help line run by a charity called The Lucy Faithfull foundation. The help line offers support and counselling to prevent sexual abuse and protect children at risk.”

On child pornography, Marina said: “Everything should be done to stop people accessing illegal images, including blocking. We need to ensure a zero-tolerance approach to child pornography.”