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