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Last Updated: Monday, 11 October, 2004, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Protest father to fight election
A Fathers 4 Justice protest on the Tamar Bridge earlier this year
Fathers 4 Justice has staged two years of protests
A leading Devon member of the campaign group Fathers 4 Justice says he is considering standing for Parliament at the next general election.

The move comes after two years of protests across the UK about access rights for estranged fathers.

Jonathan Stanesby, also known as Jolly, from Ivybridge, said behind the stunts lay a very important issue.

"We don't want people to forget that this is a really serious matter we are dealing with here," he said.

'Serious matter'

"Since Labour has been in government, another 300,000 children have lost partial or total contact with their fathers.

"We certainly don't want to be classed as jokers climbing buildings all the time.

"There is a really serious side to this and we are going to try and concentrate on that," he said.

Mr Stanesby was one of five men sent for trial by Bow Street magistrates last week accused of hanging banners over main roads.

He has been bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 28 October.

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