Come To Mad Harriet's Tea Party This FridayPRESS RELEASE http://www.newfathers4justice.com/newf4j/index.php This Friday, November 7th two "NEW FATHERS 4 JUSTICE" activists who protested on top of Harriet Harman's roof in June, will argue their case for a fair trial in Westminster magistrates court. Mark Harris and Jolly Stanesby have requested that Harriet Harman attend as a witness in the case. However, the "ice lady of inequality" has refused and has been remarkably supported by the court. This is in light of the fact that Harriet Harman was in the house and was widely reported and interviewed by all the media on the day. Such evidence would be wholly beneficial to the facts of the case, however strangely, this request has been refused by the court. Why??? As a direct response and overwhelming support of dads, the court case will be supported by hundreds of New Fathers 4 Justice supporters. The Dads have decided to have a themed open air tea party outside the court in response to the inequality being levied at Mr. Harris and his co protester Jolly Stanesby. The open air party will be called the "Mad Harriet's Tea Party" and will involve fancy dress, cakes,jellies and *blancmange. They look forward to giving the protesters plenty of moral support and to highlight the fact that brave dads who fight for the right to see their kids are being unfairly treated in the family courts and now so it seems the magistrates courts. The case will take place on November 7th and 12th. The following month, there will be a repeat of the trial as Tony Ashby and Nigel Ace stand to face similar charges in an identical protest that took place in July. Don't forget to bring your hats!!! ENDS NEW FATHERS 4 JUSTICE CONTACT MARK HARRIS ON 07736369494 Markharrisdadof3@aol.com (*ed note just in case you are not familiar with this European dessert it is a sweet dessert commonly made with milk or cream and sugar thickened with gelatin or cornstarch, and often flavored with almonds. ) Update November 7/08 The Press Association
Harman's husband in protest horror
The husband of Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman has described his horror when he thought fathers' rights protestors were burglars trying to break into his south-east London house.
Labour Party Treasurer Jack Dromey told the City of Westminster magistrates' court in London that he believed Fathers 4 Justice campaigners were burglars. Jolly Stanesby and Mark Harris, both from south Devon, scaled Miss Harman's semi-detached home in Herne Hill, in June this year.
The two men, dressed in comic book hero outfits, mounted a protest on Miss Harman's roof which eventually led to her and Mr Dromey temporarily leaving the premises. They have pleaded not guilty to a charge of harassment. Stanesby has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to follow a police officer's instructions.
The Daily Mail
Harriet Harman's husband: Our terror as Fathers4Justice 'superheroes' invaded our home
By Dan Newling Last updated at 6:03 PM on 07th November 2008
Harriet Harman's trade unionist husband today spoke of the terror he felt when two fathers' rights campaigners climbed onto his house's roof dressed as comic book superheros.
Speaking at the protestors' trial, Jack Dromey said he thought Fathers4Justice campaigners Jonathan Stanesby and Mark Harris were burglars trying to break into his house.
Dromey, who is Labour Party Treasurer and husband of the Labour deputy leader, said the invasion of his home 'was a matter of alarm and continuing distress'.
Two Fathers 4 Justice campaigners at their rooftop protest at the home of Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman
The deputy leader of the Transport and General Workers' Union - who has himself taken part in numerous political protests - went on to criticise direct action on people's private homes as 'out of bounds'.
Jonathan 'Jolly' Stanesby, 43, and Mark Harris, 49, who are both from Devon, scaled Mrs Harman's three-storey home in south-east London on June 8 this year.
Harris was dressed as 'Cash Gordon' and Stanesby was wearing a Superman outfit, but called himself as 'Captain Conception'. Once on the roof the pair unveiled a banner reading: 'A father is for life; not just for conception'.
The protestors later claimed they had got onto the house by simply entering the garden through an unlocked gate and propping a ladder against the building's wall.
It is thought that Miss Harman was targeted because, in her previous role as Solicitor General, she was accused of not doing enough to open up access to the family courts.
Shock: Labour Party Treasurer Jack Dromey and wife Harriet Harman
Fathers' rights campaigners have also claimed that Mrs Harman has done nothing to support their cause, despite hinting that she supported their aims.
As a result of the protest, which started at 8.15am and lasted around six hours, Mrs Harman, 58, and her husband had to temporarily vacate their home.
Yesterday Mr Dromey, 60, related how, on the morning of the protest, he had been woken by loud thumping which he thought was made by burglars.
He told Westminster Magistrates Court: 'This was a heavy thumping just above me which led me to conclude to my horror that somebody was trying to break into our house.'
He added: 'I've lived in that house for 31 years. I love the house. We've brought our kids up in the house. We're proud of the house.
'Our home was invaded, that was a matter of alarm and continuing distress. It's an experience we would never wish to go through again.'
Mr Dromey said he could not condone the protesters' actions, saying: 'Nothing can ever justify invading someone's private home. Private homes and private lives are out of bounds.
'You should never, ever violate their personal privacy, their personal homes.'
Stanesby, a stonemason, and Harris, a driving instructor, have pleaded not guilty to a charge of harassment. Stanesby has also pleaded not guilty to a further charge of failing to follow a police officer's instructions. The trial continues.The Telegraph UK
Harriet Harman's husband feared fathers' rights protesters were burglars
The husband of deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman thought fathers' rights protesters on his roof were burglars trying to break into his home, a court heard yesterday.
Labour Party Treasurer Jack Dromey said he was woken up by loud noises coming from above.
What he didn't realise was that two men dressed as Batman and Spiderman had scaled his semi-detached home in Herne Hill, south east London, to protest as part of Father 4 Justice.
Jolly Stanesby and Mark Harris, both from south Devon, spent several hours on the roof before coming down and being arrested.
Both were charged with harassment, which they deny, and Stanesby has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to follow a police officer's instructions.
Giving evidence at City of Westminster Magistrates Court, Mr Dromey said the incident on June 8 had been distressing to him and his wife.
"This was a heavy thumping just above me which led me to conclude to my horror that somebody was trying to break into our house," he said.
"I've lived in that house for 31 years, I love the house. We've brought our kids up in the house. We're proud of the house.
"Our home was invaded, that was a matter of alarm and continuing distress. It's an experience we would never wish to go through again."
Mr Dromey said the protest lasted long enough for both he and Miss Harman to have to leave the premises temporarily.
He said he could not condone the protesters' actions: "Nothing can ever justify invading someone's private home. Private homes and private lives are out of bounds.
"You should never, ever violate their personal privacy, their personal homes."