The protest was peaceful and Merseyside police were present
Campaigners from ‘New Fathers 4 Justice’ and Stop the War on Dads, dressed as Iron Man, Honey Monster and Star Wars characters, protested peacefully outside the building where the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference is being hosted.
Neither group are associated with Fathers4Justice UK, but take direct action to lobby for change in family law.
Bobby Smith, famed for scaling Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, said: “Make them (the conference) think about what their doing, and make James Munby take some action and make him accountable.”
Les ‘Honey Monster’ Culshaw, 50, from Preston, an activist from the group ‘Stop the War on Dads’, explained the logic behind his outfit, saying:
“The Honey Monster advertisements portrayed children trying to get access to a packet of Sugar Puffs, these days they are trying to get access to their dads.”
Terry Vooght, 50, from Harrow, said: “We aren’t likely to see our children until they are 18 and out of the system.”
Mums also joined the campaign, wanting to challenge social work and adoption procedure too
Rita Beaumont, 60, Manchester said: “When you have your child taken away you feel like your heart has been ripped out, you are powerless.”
Liverpool-mum, Samantha Johnson, 30, is fighting to get her 1-year-old daughter, Maizy, back.
She said: “The system makes me angry and fustrated because I got my life back on track, I’m a self-employed hairdresser.”
Merseyside Police were present and said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that a small number of protesters are carrying out a peaceful protest outside the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Old Hall Street in Liverpool this afternoon, Saturday 6 February.
“Officers liaise with a number of groups prior to events such as this as a matter of course, and Merseyside Police recognises the right of all to demonstrate peacefully.
“Officers are facilitating the protest, which involves around five people.
“Police will be looking to ensure that the activities of anyone who wants to protest do not disrupt the conference.
“Contingency plans are in place so that delegates can enjoy the conference safely and with minimal disruption.”