Dad begins a hunger strike outside Prime Minister’s home

Witney Gazette: Tony Ashby Tony Ashby

A CAMPAIGNER who has climbed the gates of Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral has begun a hunger strike outside the Oxfordshire home of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Tony Ashby who made headlines for invading a restricted zone at Heathrow Airport and climbing onto the house of the Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, is staging the protest near the Witney MP’s home in Dean, near Chipping Norton.

Herefordshire-based Mr Ashby, 48, set up camp in the village yesterday and is hoping his stunt will prompt action to change custody and adoption rules, which he claims are not fair on fathers.

He is a prominent member of the campaign group New Fathers for Justice.

On Christmas Day, he will set up a table “with all the trimmings” except food, and has personally invited the Prime Minister to join him.

He said: “I want him to come out, bring me a leg of turkey, and discuss my situation.”

Mr Ashby said he started campaigning for better rights for fathers after his children were placed in the care of foster parents because he was deemed mentally unfit to look after them.

He claims the decision and allegations that he cannot look after his children are wrong, and has spent more than £10,000 fighting the matter in court.

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8:00am Sat 21 Dec 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

Does he feel he's helping his children by trying to become notorious? It's a long time since I was a child but I would have hated it if the other children had seen pictures of my dad in the papers for want of a better word "showing off"
Did he have time off work to do this? If so, presumably Cameron will know that he''ll be gone on a certain day. If he's not working, he'd be better seeking seasonal work.
Does he feel he's helping his children by trying to become notorious? It's a long time since I was a child but I would have hated it if the other children had seen pictures of my dad in the papers for want of a better word "showing off" Did he have time off work to do this? If so, presumably Cameron will know that he''ll be gone on a certain day. If he's not working, he'd be better seeking seasonal work. Lord Palmerstone

10:46am Sat 21 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Daft bonkers, missing out on all the Christmas fun sat in the cold, there have to be better ways of making your point.

Missing out on Christmas dinner is nuts.
Daft bonkers, missing out on all the Christmas fun sat in the cold, there have to be better ways of making your point. Missing out on Christmas dinner is nuts. BigAlBiker

5:33pm Sun 22 Dec 13

katiegreen says...

The two comments above aren't credible. Lord Palmerstone (sic) sounds to me like a typically bovine, fat-headed mother with her mis-spelling and Nanny-ish remark, and whatever idiot posted the second comment the kind of leather-jacketed bore you dread being stuck with in a smalltown pub. The article's more than somewhat lacking. You may as well have written it for the first comment to be made. Why are you focusing on his past protests? Why are none of the issues covered? Why do you only make reference to his personal situation? This is why no-one reads the 'local papers' any more. I'm only commenting because this was posted on Facebook. If your piece made one reference to the national scandal of the oppression of fathers by the state, maybe a few people would turn to the rest of your paper for their regional news. I'm certainly not.
The two comments above aren't credible. Lord Palmerstone (sic) sounds to me like a typically bovine, fat-headed mother with her mis-spelling and Nanny-ish remark, and whatever idiot posted the second comment the kind of leather-jacketed bore you dread being stuck with in a smalltown pub. The article's more than somewhat lacking. You may as well have written it for the first comment to be made. Why are you focusing on his past protests? Why are none of the issues covered? Why do you only make reference to his personal situation? This is why no-one reads the 'local papers' any more. I'm only commenting because this was posted on Facebook. If your piece made one reference to the national scandal of the oppression of fathers by the state, maybe a few people would turn to the rest of your paper for their regional news. I'm certainly not. katiegreen

5:43pm Mon 23 Dec 13

BurfordGentleman says...

Well, Katie you seem a delightful lady. Coming onto a local newspaper to insult the article and then take your insults to a personal level against the readers that took their time to comment.

The beauty of this world is that everyone is different and that's what makes it interesting and what it is. Thank goodness everyone doesn't look at people quite like you do.

Merry Christmas.
Well, Katie you seem a delightful lady. Coming onto a local newspaper to insult the article and then take your insults to a personal level against the readers that took their time to comment. The beauty of this world is that everyone is different and that's what makes it interesting and what it is. Thank goodness everyone doesn't look at people quite like you do. Merry Christmas. BurfordGentleman

8:44pm Mon 23 Dec 13

oxman says...

The beauty of the world, is that Katie's view is different, and that what makes it interesting and what it is.

So, Burfordgent, can you see that by trying to take the moral high ground you have become precisely the person who you seem to dislike?

Amazing.
The beauty of the world, is that Katie's view is different, and that what makes it interesting and what it is. So, Burfordgent, can you see that by trying to take the moral high ground you have become precisely the person who you seem to dislike? Amazing. oxman

8:45pm Mon 23 Dec 13

oxman says...

Besides which, the article is biased. Surely, in a world of free speech, we're allowed to point that out. Or is that not a trait recognised in west oxfordshire?
Besides which, the article is biased. Surely, in a world of free speech, we're allowed to point that out. Or is that not a trait recognised in west oxfordshire? oxman

9:42pm Mon 23 Dec 13

GTS kiddy says...

Really, like anyone actually cares if he goes on hunger strike or not! The only person who is hurting by doing that is himself and his poor children seeing him on the news. There must be other more sensible ways of dealing with this!
God luck to him getting his children back.
Really, like anyone actually cares if he goes on hunger strike or not! The only person who is hurting by doing that is himself and his poor children seeing him on the news. There must be other more sensible ways of dealing with this! God luck to him getting his children back. GTS kiddy

8:58am Tue 24 Dec 13

Fathers4Justice says...

The facts are:
1. Tony Ashby's actions are being watched and recognized the world over.
2. Tony Ashby's actions are for our children, all children.
3. Tony Ashby, unlike Kate Winslet cares about the best interest of all children and THEIR right to share equally in the lives of both of their parents lives.
4. Tony Ashby is a HERO and will go down in history as just that, a HERO who stood up for Children's rights. There is no greater cause than our children, nothing!
5. Tony Ashby's children love him, they want to be with him and no child or parent anywhere should ever have to fight to share in the lives of their children.

Tony Ashby is not only a HERO but he is a Champion as is proven RIGHT HERE! http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=fQkPPoBil
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Thank You Tony Ashby for standing up and fighting for our Children's Rights!
The facts are: 1. Tony Ashby's actions are being watched and recognized the world over. 2. Tony Ashby's actions are for our children, all children. 3. Tony Ashby, unlike Kate Winslet cares about the best interest of all children and THEIR right to share equally in the lives of both of their parents lives. 4. Tony Ashby is a HERO and will go down in history as just that, a HERO who stood up for Children's rights. There is no greater cause than our children, nothing! 5. Tony Ashby's children love him, they want to be with him and no child or parent anywhere should ever have to fight to share in the lives of their children. Tony Ashby is not only a HERO but he is a Champion as is proven RIGHT HERE! http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=fQkPPoBil nI Thank You Tony Ashby for standing up and fighting for our Children's Rights! Fathers4Justice

11:32pm Tue 24 Dec 13

BurfordGentleman says...

Quite the opposite oxman, I dislike people who feel the need to attack people on a personal level because they disagree with their Opinion! Comments such as "bovine, fat-headed mother with her mis-spelling and Nanny-ish remark, and whatever idiot posted the second comment the kind of leather-jacketed bore" are neither constructive or necessary!

I did not nor will I lower myself to the level of giving personal attacks on people. I was simply voicing my disapproval for those that do, but in no way in a rude or insulting way!
Quite the opposite oxman, I dislike people who feel the need to attack people on a personal level because they disagree with their Opinion! Comments such as "bovine, fat-headed mother with her mis-spelling and Nanny-ish remark, and whatever idiot posted the second comment the kind of leather-jacketed bore" are neither constructive or necessary! I did not nor will I lower myself to the level of giving personal attacks on people. I was simply voicing my disapproval for those that do, but in no way in a rude or insulting way! BurfordGentleman

6:47pm Wed 25 Dec 13

East Oxford Web Watcher says...

GTS kiddy wrote:
Really, like anyone actually cares if he goes on hunger strike or not! The only person who is hurting by doing that is himself and his poor children seeing him on the news. There must be other more sensible ways of dealing with this!
God luck to him getting his children back.
All the "sensible ways" as you put it have been exhausted. The Government will not listen to sense, instead they give support to the Daily Mail womens lobby and will never give equal rights to Fathers,except of course when it comes to paying for the Children, then it seems that men are more than equal. E.G. You can't see your children, ever, but you must still pay for them and your ex-wife and her new husband to live a life of luxury.
[quote][p][bold]GTS kiddy[/bold] wrote: Really, like anyone actually cares if he goes on hunger strike or not! The only person who is hurting by doing that is himself and his poor children seeing him on the news. There must be other more sensible ways of dealing with this! God luck to him getting his children back.[/p][/quote]All the "sensible ways" as you put it have been exhausted. The Government will not listen to sense, instead they give support to the Daily Mail womens lobby and will never give equal rights to Fathers,except of course when it comes to paying for the Children, then it seems that men are more than equal. E.G. You can't see your children, ever, but you must still pay for them and your ex-wife and her new husband to live a life of luxury. East Oxford Web Watcher

7:22pm Wed 25 Dec 13

GTS kiddy says...

Don't get me wrong I believe in equal rights for parents to see their children but hunger strike isn't the way.
The prime minister does not care that Tony is sat outside starving while he is sat at a table loaded with food. I do feel for Tony amd all the other fathers in this situation but I just feel hunger strike isn't the way. He is punishing his own body which has been punished enough through stress. I do really hope he gets it sorted.
Don't get me wrong I believe in equal rights for parents to see their children but hunger strike isn't the way. The prime minister does not care that Tony is sat outside starving while he is sat at a table loaded with food. I do feel for Tony amd all the other fathers in this situation but I just feel hunger strike isn't the way. He is punishing his own body which has been punished enough through stress. I do really hope he gets it sorted. GTS kiddy

10:09pm Thu 26 Dec 13

shialiaa says...

The fact of the matter is, when you have been cruelly and unlawfully separated from your child/ren , and the 'justice' system stops you from fighting for yours and your children's human rights then you do ANYTHING.

I take my hat off to Tony, at least he isn't sitting at home, expecting others to do it for him. He isn't just doing this for his children and himself, he is doing it for everyone's children. Unless You have been there .. how can you comment on whether or not there are 'better ways' ? Would you not do anything to see your children?
The fact of the matter is, when you have been cruelly and unlawfully separated from your child/ren , and the 'justice' system stops you from fighting for yours and your children's human rights then you do ANYTHING. I take my hat off to Tony, at least he isn't sitting at home, expecting others to do it for him. He isn't just doing this for his children and himself, he is doing it for everyone's children. Unless You have been there .. how can you comment on whether or not there are 'better ways' ? Would you not do anything to see your children? shialiaa

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