Fa­thers’ rights ac­tivist dressed as Elmo greets Cor­byn at Is­ling­ton vote

The Scotsman - - ELECTION 2019 - By EMILY CHUDY

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn was greeted by a pro­tester dressed as Sesame Street char­ac­ter Elmo, as he ar­rived to cast his vote in Is­ling­ton with his wife Laura Alvarez.

In­de­pen­dent par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip Bobby “Elmo” Smith filmed his sis­ter Sher­rie as she dressed up as the char­ac­ter to visit the polling sta­tion at Pake­man Pri­mary School.

Video that Mr Smith, a fa­thers’ rights ac­tivist, posted from the scene shows his sis­ter shak­ing Mr Cor­byn’s hand, be­fore be­ing led away by po­lice.

Mr Smith is a sin­gle father and full-time stu­dent, and said he has protested on the morn­ing of gen­eral elec­tions since 2015 to high­light the need for fam­ily law re­form and cam­paign for male men­tal health.

He said: “I’ve done it for

Theresa May in 2017 and David Cameron in 2015, met them at the polling sta­tion, and I just thought that this time I should go meet Jeremy Cor­byn.

“Jeremy Cor­byn shook Elmo’s hand, she said to him are you go­ing to ad­dress father’s rights, he said yes. If he be­comes prime min­is­ter, as far as I’m con­cerned that’s an agree­ment to ad­dress fa­thers’ rights.

“He was a good sport, he could have just walked in and ig­nored Elmo. That was worth go­ing there for.”

Mr Smith has pre­vi­ously run for elec­tion in 2015 and 2017, in David Cameron’s con­stituency of Wit­ney and Theresa May’s con­stituency of Maiden­head.

“Jeremy Cor­byn shook Elmo’s hand, she said to him are you go­ing to ad­dress father’s rights, he said yes”

BOBBY ‘ELMO’ SMITH

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