Two New Fathers 4 Justice protesters Bobby Smith and Martin Matthews have scaled Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency home roof in Islington.
Corbyn opposed shared parenting in The Children and Families Act 2014.
Martin who he is serenading Theresa May has a message for her on his banner.
Theresa May our new PM is a prime example of an MP making promises and breaking them when in power. This is what Theresa May told fathers in 2004:
“That is why, in my first month in Government, I will publish a Bill to give a presumption of co- parenting and a right for both parents to be involved in bringing up their children, when couples separate. We will ensure that the law serves the best interests of the child – and children deserve to see both parents.”
Now that Theresa May is PM, she has no excuse to reform the family court system. But she won’t!
The Radio interview with LBC can be found here:
New Fathers 4 Justice Call LBC From Corbyn’s Roof
Friday 5th August 2016
New Fathers 4 Justice climbed on top of Jeremy Corbyn‘s roof for six hours today – they’ve come down now but here’s what happened when they phoned LBC from there.
(Images courtesy @New_FFJ)
The pair climbed onto the roof just before midday in a protest at Corbyn failing to engage with them over access rights for dads.
They say he’s been “very rude” when previously approached, leading to their action today. The street was closed off and up to 20 police officers were on the scene.
Bobby Smith, one of the protesters, spoke to Tom Swarbrick live on air just moments after the protest began:
“We’ve got food and water and all that,” Smith told LBC. “We’ll stay here as long as we have to. We’re willing to do anything for our children.
“Both of us would rather be home with our children right now, on the summer holidays, but we’re not – we have no choice but to do this.”
Despite those promises, Smith Tweeted at 5.30pm that they were calling off the protest
The article by The Guardian can be found here:
Two activists from the campaign group Fathers 4 Justice sit on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s roof after scaling his house on Friday. The men hold signs championing the organisation, which supports fathers who have difficulty in gaining access to their children. Police have cordoned off the street in Islington, north London, as emergency services work to get the men down
Campaigners from a fathers’ rights group have staged a protest on the roof of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s house.
Bobby Smith and Martin Matthews climbed onto the roof this morning as part of their effort to draw attention to their campaign for fathers to be given greater rights to see their children.
Mr Smith shared videos on social media showing police closing off the street in north London and the pair talking to “negotiators in Corbyn’s house” through a skylight.
He then called radio station LBC and said the pair were prepared to stay on the roof until they achieved a breakthrough or the Labour leader came to speak to them.
Mr Smith said: “We’ve got food and water and all that. We’ll stay here as long as we have to. We’re willing to do anything for our children.”
The two men say they targeted Mr Corbyn’s home because “he was part of a panel that blocked shared parenting in 2011”.
They appeared to be referring to a Commons Justice Committee report into the operation of family courts, which said the Australian system – which favours shared parenting when parents split – had not contributed to children’s well-being.
The panel, which included Corbyn, said: “We believe therefore that the best interests of the child should remain the sole test applied by the courts to any decision on the welfare of children in the family justice system.”