Boris’s bal­cony tar­geted

Fa­ther’s rights protesters banned from go­ing near Uxbridge MP

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PROTESTERS caused a scene af­ter climb­ing onto the bal­cony of Boris John­son’s home, un­furl­ing a ban­ner and tak­ing self­ies, in protest at their per­ceived lack of fa­ther’s rights in the UK.

Two men were talked down from the bal­cony of the Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP’s home by po­lice, hav­ing been there since 10.30am on Mon­day.

‘New Fathers 4 Jus­tice’ ac­tivist Bobby Smith, 33, from Steve­nage, scaled the bal­cony of Mr John­son’s Is­ling­ton home, in Cole­brooke Row, dressed as Iron Man.

The pair have now been banned from en­ter­ing Cen­tral Lon­don or go­ing within 100 me­tres of Mr John­son. They are also not al­lowed to speak to each other and po­lice con­fis­cated their phones.

Speak­ing from the bal­cony at the time, he said: “They’re send­ing up climbers to try and get us.

“We’re do­ing a protest for fa­ther’s rights. Boris wants to be prime min­is­ter and he’s push­ing him­self out as more than just an MP and more than a mayor – he’s a na­tional fig­ure.

“He’s been Lon­don mayor for eight years now and he’s done noth­ing for fathers in the cap­i­tal – he’s done noth­ing for the poorer ar­eas, not like Is­ling­ton where we are now.”

Mr Smith, who has been de­nied ac­cess to his chil­dren since 2010, has climbed onto the roofs of many pub­lic build­ings, along­side friend Martin Matthews from Great Bookham – in­clud­ing us­ing a lad­der to climb onto the roof of Buck­ing­ham Palace and scal­ing the home of House of Com­mons leader Chris Grayling, in a bid to get his voice heard.

He said: “I split up with my chil­dren’s mum eight years ago. Par­ent­ing was meant to be split 50/50 but she just stopped me see­ing them.

“I’ve been go­ing through the fam­ily court and protest­ing for years.

“Chil­dren are far more likely to com­mit crime or fall into drug ad­dic­tion if they haven’t got a dad.

“Boris has done eight years as mayor and he’s done noth­ing to pro­mote change in fam­ily law to give a chance to hard-up fathers.

“We’re talk­ing about dads who want to see their chil­dren like me and my mate who’s up here now.”

A spokesper­son for the po­lice said: “We were called to Cole­brooke Row to re­ports of protesters at a lo­ca­tion.

“Four peo­ple were protest­ing and two had got onto a bal­cony and un­furled a ban­ner.”

Mr Smith was still on the bal­cony at 2pm and po­lice were still at the scene.

He added: “There’s load of po­lice here, and an am­bu­lance.

“There’s just two of us on the bal­cony. We’ve been up here since 10.30am and we’re go­ing to try and stay for longer, but they’re try­ing to get us down.”

Mr Smith re­cently held a protest out­side Boris John­son’s Lon­don home, but de­spite the Mayor of Lon­don be­ing home he re­fused to speak to the protest­ing dad.

He posted some­thing for him to read though his let­ter­box and warned him: “I’ll just keep com­ing back till he’s ready to talk. He’ll give in be­fore I do.”

Speak­ing ahead of the protest, Mr Smith said: “It’s no good sit­ting at home get­ting de­pressed and get­ting up­set at how much you miss your kids. You need to stand up and not ac­cept what has hap­pened.

“There’s no equal­ity for fathers in fam­ily law. I want noth­ing less than a le­gal pre­sump­tion of equal con­tact for a child with their par­ents if they split up.”

n PROTEST: Bobby Smith takes a selfie

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