(f4j) Press Release: Fathers to Launch Autumn Election Campaign

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 13/08/2004 - 01:37

Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice (F4J) today announced plans to begin it's Election Campaign this Autumn some 7/8 months prior to any possible General Election.

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Dave Ellison
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From: Matthew O'Connor <>

12th August 2004

The group have said that their campaign is to become 'highly politicised' with the group targeting the Labour Party machine rather than the Family Justice system and a 'major stunt' is planned for the party conference season.

Publicity materials and posters will carry the slogan's 'Labour Hurts Families' and 'Who will you choose? Your Children or Tony Blair?' The group hope to bring 'thousands of votes' to bear in marginal constituencies at the next election.

F4J Parliamentary Co-ordinator Gary Burch said he had informed at least one major political party that the group are considering the possibility of putting upwards of 200 candidates to stand in key marginals at the next election subject to the results of a feasibility study being undertaken this summer.

The announcement was made after Michael Howard again stressed this week the Conservatives commitment to a 'strong presumption to equal parenting' though the group have not said whether they will be supporting the Tories at the next election.

Ongoing protests by the group this summer have caused massive disruption to the family justice system with as many as 100 courts, solicitors buildings and Cafcass offices being simultaneously affected on a single day. Roof top protests on court roofs have become a weekly feature of the campaign as the organisation created another 10 local groups bringing the national number to over 40.

Said F4J Founder Matt O'Connor "We believe we enjoy massive public support and can bring the votes of thousands of our members and their relatives to bear in marginal constituencies. The battle for our children will be the battle of the next election and our campaign is shifting gear into pursuing a highly charged and controversial political campaign."

"We have catapulted the issue onto the political agenda and we must now throw the weight of our machine into influencing the outcome of the next election."

He said "We need to start our campaign early to ensure that this issue is right at the very top of the political agenda at the next election. May 2005 will be a pivotal time in our 3 year campaign and whatever happens then will dictate whether we have been successful in bringing around meaningful change for the 40,000 children every year who lose partial or total contact with their fathers under this government. We simply can't afford to fail."

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