Boris’s balcony targeted
Father’s rights protesters banned from going near Uxbridge MP
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