A PROTESTOR has reached new heights in making his voice heard – by campaigning on the rooftop of a Cornish MP’s constituency office.
Pete McMurdie claims to have gone above and beyond in his support of Stop The War on Dads, a children’s and fathers’ rights group, by storming Sheryll Murray’s office in Liskeard and protesting on her roof this morning.
The campaigner told The Herald he met with the Conservative MP in December last year to discuss the “injustice” of the family legal system.
But after being told a letter would be sent to Children’s Minister Edward Timson expressing Pete’s concerns, the frustrated protestor decided to take matters into his own hands – by storming her office and staging a protest.
Pete explained: “I had a meeting with my MP, Sheryll Murray in December 2015 where I explained to her I have physical evidence of crimes committed by public servants to abuse fathers and their children.
“All she could manage was a letter to the Children’s Minister Edward Timson, a family law barrister.
“Our children are being abused for profit in these courts which are held in secret with strict reporting rules.
“The family justice system is a business – it is not fit for purpose and does not act in the best interests of children as it pretends.
“Sheryll Murray is quite happy to talk about pot holes, but will not speak out about the abuse our children are suffering.”
The campaigner, from Cornwall, did not reveal how long he plans to stay on the rooftop of the MP’s constituency office.
Sheryll Murray commented: “I was very concerned that a protester had climbed upon my roof endangering himself.
“I can confirm that I have met with the constituent on a previous occasion. As the constituent has said, I did make contact with the Minister and that advice was given to him on how he should proceed.
“If he should wish to make a further appointment to discuss this, then I am happy to meet him at one of my regular surgeries. To my knowledge, he has not approached me for a further appointment and declined an invitation to come down and speak to one of my trained caseworkers.
“He did make me aware that he was keen to make a movie and highlight issues relating to fathers for justice. Whilst I am sympathetic to the plight of fathers who wish to have access to their children, individual cases should be dealt with through the legal system.
“What my constituent has done is dangerous and puts himself at risk. It is clearly not a sensible way of proceeding and I worry that he is hurting his own case.”
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said officers were called but took no action.
“It was a peaceful protest, he said he will come down later so we left him to it,” she said.