‘Elmo’ to take on David Cameron in General Election

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Bobby Smith will oppose the Prime Minister in his guise as Elmo

A campaigner is assuming the guise of a Muppet to take on the Prime Minister in the General Election.

Bobby Smith, 33, from Stevenage has formed the one-man party Give Me Back Elmo to stand against David Cameron in the Witney constituency.

The former Waltham Cross resident came up with the name using the letters of his daughters’ names.

He has not seen them for five years following a family court judgement and wants the system to be changed.

He sees the election as an extension of his campaigning, which has included camping outside of the Prime Minister’s holiday home in Cornwall as part of the New Fathers 4 Justice group, a separate splinter group of Fathers4Justice UK.

Mr Smith said: “It goes hand in hand with this.

“I’ve spoken to David Cameron a number of times and he has failed to bring it up.

“I’m trying this as a way of putting pressure on him.

“Hopefully it will send him a message.”

He also targeted Charles Walker with his campaign, resulting in the Broxbourne MP complaining in the House of Commons last year.

Mr Smith has formed the Give Me Back Elmo party to continue standing in future elections, including mayoral and council elections, to further highlight the issue.

“I hope to build a record, even if I don’t get any power,” he added.

“No parent who is fit and willing should ever be denied their right to share equally in the lives of their own children

“We want nothing less than a legal presumption of equal contact for a child with their parents if they split up, and the abolition of the deeply controversial, undemocratic secret court system that still exists within the ‘family’ division despite 40 years of inequality and protest.”

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