Friday, April 22, 2016

F4J dads engage in criminal tresspass to prove they're really, really responsible fathers who deserve 50/50 custody! (London, England)

Keep it up, lads! Great way to show the public what responsible, dedicated fathers you really, really are!.

I can just imagine--if you felt entitled to this to the Mayor of London, just think of the bullying tactics you've been pushing on the mother of your kids!

Father scales Boris Johnson's London home dressed as Iron Man and takes selfies in custody rights protest

15:29, 18 Apr 2016 Updated 16:04, 18 Apr 2016

By Gemma Mullin , Katherine Clementine

A father has scaled London Mayor Boris Johnson's home dressed as comic book hero Iron Man and took selfies from his balcony in a custody rights protest.

Bobby Smith , 33, was joined by fellow New Fathers 4 Justice member Martin Matthews, to highlight a perceived lack of equality over contact with their children in the event of a divorce.

Mr Smith, who claims to have been denied access to his children for six years, was making his second visit to Mr Johnson's house in Islington, north London, after a previous protest there fell on deaf ears.

He and Mr Matthews hung up banners around Mr Johnson's London home and shouted down to supporters using a megaphone.

Mr Smith, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, told GetWestLondon : "They're sending up climbers to try and get us.

"We're doing a protest for father's rights. Boris wants to be Prime Minister and he's pushing himself out as more than just an MP, and more than a Mayor - he's a national figure.

"He's been London Mayor for eight years now and he's done nothing for fathers in the capital - he's done nothing for the poorer areas, not like Islington where we are now."

Mr Smith has climbed onto the roofs of many public buildings, alongside friend Martin Matthews from Great Bookham – including using a ladder to climb onto the roof of Buckingham Palace and scaling the home of House of Commons leader Chris Grayling , in a bid to get his voice heard.

He continued: "I split up with my children's mum eight years ago. Parenting was meant to be split 50/50 but she just stopped me seeing them.

Police were at Boris Johnson's house since 10.40am trying to talk the protesters down

"I've been going through the family court and protesting for years.

"Children are far more likely to commit crime or fall into drug addiction if they haven't got a dad.

"Boris has done eight years as Mayor and he's done nothing to promote change in family law to give a chance to hard-up fathers.

"We're talking about dads who want to see their children like me and my mate who's up here now."

Metropolitan Police have been at the scene since 10.40am.

A spokesperson for the police said: "We were called to Colebrooke Row to reports of protesters at a location.

"Four people were protesting and two had onto a balcony and unfurled a banner.

"Officers attended and there's no arrests at this time."

Mr Smith was still on the balcony at 2pm and police were still at the scene.

He added: "There's load of police here, and an ambulance.

"There's just two of us on the balcony. We've been up here since half 10 and we're going to try and stay for longer but they're trying to get us down."

Mr Smith recently held a protest outside Boris Johnson’s London home but despite the Mayor of London being home he refused to speak to the protesting dad.

He posted something for him to read though his letterbox and warned him: "I’ll just keep coming back till he’s ready to talk. He’ll give in before I do".

Speaking ahead of the protest, Bobby said: “It’s no good sitting at home getting depressed and getting upset at how much you miss your kids. You need to stand up and not accept what has happened.

"There’s no equality for fathers in family law. I want nothing less than a legal presumption of equal contact for a child with their parents if they split up.”

He stood against David Cameron dressed as Elmo in the 2015 general election and is also standing again in the May Sheffield by-election.

Bobby 'Elmo' Smith leader of the Give Me Back Elmo party is also going to campaign for a "Shake it all about" option in the forthcoming referendum for those who can't decide whether they want to be in or out.

The protest outside Boris' home comes as part of a campaign by splinter group 'New Fathers 4 Justice' and Stop the War on Dads.

Neither group are associated with Matt O'Connor or Fathers4Justice UK.