New Fathers 4 Justice talked down from Jeremy Corbyn's roof after protest

The men managed to scale the Islington house with a ladder

Kate Nelson
Friday 05 August 2016 18:30
Fathers 4 Justice Protestors sit on top of Jeremy Corbyn's roof

Two men from campaign group New Fathers 4 Justice have announced a retreat from Jeremy Corbyn’s roof after staging an all-day protest on top of the Labour leader's home.

Bobby Smith, 34, and Martin Mathews, 49, who climbed a ladder to scale the house this morning, say they have "made their point".

A Met helicopter was scrambled and dozens of police attended.

Mr Smith tweeted: "Point made, we are coming down from Jeremy Corbyns [sic] roof. Thank you for all the support."

A police spokesman said they were called to Mr Corbyn's home in Islington at around 10.30am after receiving reports of the protest.

Father-of-two Bobby Smith, who has not seen his two daughters for five years, said: “I tried to talk to Jeremy in March and he was very rude to me.”

Fathers for Justice call LBC from Jeremy's Corbyn's roof

The protesters said they took plenty of food and water to sustain their rooftop campaign.

Asked why they were on Mr Corbyn's roof, Mr Smith said: "He's in a position where he can hold the government to account.

"We'll stay here as long as we have to. We're willing to do anything for our children. Both of us would rather be home with our children right now."

A negotiator talked to the men through a window.

Last year David Cameron complained that the group was being destroyed by the campaigners.

"It is falling apart because of Fathers for Justice clambering over my roof," he told the Evening Standard.

"The tiles are falling off, the window frames are rotten but I am happy there, we all are."

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