Michael Howard's speech on law and
order, delivered in Middlesbrough. "But there are many fathers in
Britain today who do want to play their part, yet cannot get
access to their children".
THE SUN August 9th 2004
ABSENT dads and poor school discipline are to blame for
soaring violent crime, Tory leader Michael Howard will warn
Mr Howard will lay out his vision to tackle crime before
unveiling detailed new policies.
Dads 'key in crime war'
In the speech in
Middlesbrough, he will say: “Many people now believe that they
are no longer wholly responsible for their actions.
Hour' Michael Howard MP
BBC Radio 4 (listen)
Tory leader, Michael Howard talks exclusively to Woman's Hour about his
party's vision for family life in Britain. Including a statement by minister Margaret Hodge. Also includes
F4J,Women's Aid, a Retired Judge, Legal Experts and Others.
Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard Calls for shared parenting rights - Michael Howard is to call for a
change in the law which would give parents equal access to their children
when relationships break down. At a summit on custody battles on Monday, the
Tory leader is expected to say the
parent is both parents".
The Campaign Group Fathers4Justice
claimed its high-profile protests had forced a re-think in Tory policy after
Conservative leader Michael Howard called for equal access for parents
following a split.
Mr Howard said a
change in the law was vital to ensure parents, especially fathers, did not
lose touch with their children after a divorce. The party will now
carry out a review of the Children's Act but denied the move was prompted by
F4J's stunts, which included pelting the Prime Minister with purple powder
which sparked a major security scare at Westminster.
Speaking at the
first Conservative summit on custody battles, Mr Howard said marriage was
the best environment to bring up children but politicians had to "live in
the real world".
campaign by controversial fathers group Fathers
4 Justice (F4J) gained political support for the first time yesterday from
the Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard.
back Dads Campaign' The
Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP said: "With around 4 million children living
apart from natural parents it is important that those children enjoy contact
with both parents as much as possible where that can be achieved. Too
many non-resident parents are being failed by the system and deprived of the
access to their children which they deserve and from which their children
derive great benefit. The Conservative Party is determined to raise this
problem up the political agenda and promote the rights and responsibilities
of shared parenting."
Before F4J nothing was happening. Now we have a
Green paper due out any day, the Leader of the Opposition coming out in
support, a Fathers day demo on Friday, our Blueprint for family Law in the
21st Century which is also published this week, hunger striking grandparents
and fun powder plot demo's in the House of Commons.'
'This was unthinkable just 18 months ago. Now
we must make this a serious election issue.' But we still face a Herculean struggle. 22
people face trial in the coming weeks and months for public order offences
and the government will fudge the issue yet again without Fathers 4 Justice
relentlessly and tenaciously pursuing their every turn. Matt O'Conner (F4J)