Fathers' rights group plans more action

THE Suffolk man behind the group who threw flour bombs at Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised more high profile protests in their continuing quest for equal parenting rights for fathers.

THE Suffolk man behind the group who threw flour bombs at Prime Minister Tony Blair has promised more high profile protests in their continuing quest for equal parenting rights for fathers.

Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice hit the headlines last month when two members hurled condoms - filled with purple dyed flour - at Mr Blair as he answered Prime Minster's Questions in the House of Commons.

Founder Matt O'Connor, from Cavendish, near Sudbury, who voiced his support for the controversial protest, has revealed it will not be an isolated event in the build up to Fathers Day on June 20.

He claimed: "I don't think that Fathers Day will ever be seen in the same light after this year. After the flour bombing we received in excess of 11,000 enquiries from the UK and around the world.


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"The response has been overwhelming and our membership projections have gone stratospheric. "Despite what many MP's might want, Dads Army is here to stay and is growing at a phenomenal rate.

"I think we have proved our credentials over the last few months. Whilst we can't discuss what may or may not happen next, our campaign of peaceful non-violent direct action will escalate."

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Fathers 4 Justice was formed just 18 months ago but has taken little time in grabbing the headlines.

In support of their beliefs, a duo dressed up as Batman and Robin staged a protest on the roof of the Royal Courts of Justice while campaigner David Chick, wearing a Spiderman costume, climbed a 145ft crane in central London.

But just two short weeks ago, their cause became known throughout the world when two flour-filled condoms were thrown at Mr Blair by members sitting in the public gallery of the House of Commons.

Though coming under fire after the incident, Mr O'Connor, who experienced problems seeing his children following the break-up of a relationship, described the protest as a "significant escalation of our campaign."

Protestors have also scaled Worcester, Plymouth and Cardiff County Courts while the group is now planning a Day of the Dad Father's Day demonstration in London on June 18.

Mr O'Connor said action would continue until fathers and grandparents were granted fair access to their children, giving youngsters a more rounded upbringing.

And the group's founder now believes their protests could play a major role in the next general election.

He explained: "We aim to be the UK's leading protest group in the run up to the next election. With the numbers of volunteers coming forward to take part in direct action, what you have seen to date is just a taste of things to come. A national campaign of civil disruption and disobedience could have a significant impact on the next election."

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