Bishop’s Cleeve dad scales Westminster Abbey in New Fathers 4 Justice protest

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‘New Fathers 4 Justice’ Activists Bobby Smith, 33, from Stevenage and James Dennis from Bishops Cleeve, have this evening scaled Westminster Abbey in a fathers day protest.

 According to a press released issued by the group, New Fathers 4 Justice (NF4J) is a splinter group and not associated with Matt O’Connor or Fathers4Justice UK

A spokesman said: “Loads of tourists are taking pictures. They’ve closed the gates and a helicopter is hovering overhead.

“Bobby has his ‘Give Me Back Elmo’ banner ….which are the first two letters of his two daughters names EL and MO.

“Fathers day is an emotional time for fathers denied access to their children.”

Bobby who stood as Muppet Elmo in the Witney constituency in the general election said: “I’m trying to get David Cameron to address the matter of family law. It’s a huge problem. There is lots that needs changing, but one of the things they need to start with is 50/50 parenting.

“When a mum and dad split up, the dad has to start at zero contact and prove his worth.

“Fathers are just as important as mothers. Children need both parents.

“I think it’s too late for me and my girls now because it’s been too long, but I don’t want to sit back and see other people go through it,” he said.

“The courts, the government, or David Cameron – someone needs to take responsibility for what my children had to go through. I am not looking for answers, I am looking for change, and I will continue with my campaign until that happens.”

NF4J said no parent who is fit and willing should ever be denied their right to share equally in the lives of their own children

The spokesman added: “We use direct action and protests to highlight the injustice fathers’ face in the present family court system.

“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 forty years of inequality and protest.”

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