Jeremy Corbyn’s roof occupied as New Fathers 4 Justice pair protest about dads’ rights

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Martin Matthews, from Great Bookham, filmed the protest and brandished a sign declaring: “Stop the war on dads”

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New Fathers’ 4 Justice protesters scaled the roof of Jeremy Corbyn’s home on Friday to protest about dads’ rights.

Great Bookham-based Martin Matthews, 49, and Bobby Smith, 33, clambered up the Labour leader’s terraced house in Finsbury Park, north London.

Police cordoned off the street to deal with the pair – who have previously scaled a Buckingham Palace balcony and another balcony at the home of Boris Johnson.

Mirror Online reports Mr Corbyn was not there to witness the drama as he brought his Labour leadership campaign tour to Cardiff and Swansea.

Mr Smith waved a banner with the words “Give Me Back Elmo”, a reference to a custody dispute and the name of a political party he set up.

He won 37 votes when he stood against David Cameron at last year’s election dressed in a giant suit resembling the Sesame Street icon.

Mr Matthews brandished a sign declaring: “Stop the war on dads – Theresa May take it in the face”.

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Mr Matthews, who was convicted of causing criminal damage to MP Chris Grayling’s Ashtead home last year, chained himself to the gates of the Royal Courts of Justice using a giant homemade padlock .

He also sets up camp on Nick Clegg’s constituency office roof to call for answers in an historic child sex abuse probe.

Five paramedics were on standby in the street and two fire engines waited nearby after police were alerted at about 10.30am.

The activists claimed no one tried to stop them scaling the Leader of the Opposition’s home.

Mr Smith is campaigning to reform family law and called on Mr Corbyn to raise the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions.

He also claimed Mr Corbyn was part of an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on family law that “blocked” shared parenting rights in 2011.

APPGs do not have the power to make or block laws but can influence policy before it gets to that point. Mr Corbyn was not a member of the group as of its last register in March 2015.

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Mr Smith said: “We are going to stay up here as long as we feel it’s necessary, until we have got our point across.

“The police are trying to intimidate us by closing the road but we are going to fall for it.

“They are trying to scare us like its a major operation but it’s not. We are not breaking any law.”

New Fathers 4 Justice says it has no affiliation with Fathers 4 Justice UK or its founder Matt O’Connor.

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