A plea from the consumerwatchfoundation.com to Mr Edward Timpson
Dear Mr Timpson,
While the action taken against yourself at your Cheshire house by a group of people protesting about their shattered families is not something we would condone, the consumerwatchfoundation.com is offering you the opportunity to address the people you have pledged to help.
Sir, in 2012 you said that children from broken homes were to get new legal rights to maintain relationships with both parents.
Sadly, there are thousands and thousands of people in the UK who would show you this hasn’t worked out the way you had it planned.
In 2014 you were described as living in your Crewe and Nantwich constituency and having become a weekend dad.
You told the Guardian: “I miss those impromptu, intimate moments that just being together brings…”
Some of the people who have become victims of parental alienation haven’t seen their children for more than a decade, Sir.
And others have to pay large amounts of money to be allowed to occasionally see their children for a couple of hours under the invasive scrutiny of supervised access.
When you were elected in 2008, some Labour activists thought it was funny to mock you by donning top hats and calling you an out-of-touch toff.
Yes, you are posh Mr Timpson, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. Your family in fact built a business which to this day still prides itself on helping those in society who have fallen on hard times.
And Mr Timpson the fact your parents fostered almost 90 children and adopted two of them, must have changed your views on life, love, marriage, families, the rights of children and the rights indeed of parents.
You said: “I’ve obviously thought about this a lot and I’ve come to the conclusion that I wouldn’t be children’s minister and I wouldn’t have gone into family law if my parents hadn’t fostered.”
All this, on the surface at least, makes you ideally qualified to be Britain’s Minister for Children … but this job has made you the custodian of the hearts, aspirations and futures, homes and incomes of those who sadly end up victims of broken relationships.
A man you must know, Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), has recently said that divorced parents who “brainwash” their children against ex-partners are guilty of “abuse”.
“It’s undoubtedly a form of neglect or child abuse in terms of the impact it can have,” said Mr Douglas. “I think the way you treat your children after a relationship has broken up is just as powerful a public health issue as smoking or drinking.”
Mr Timpson, is any consideration being given in your offices to what Mr Douglas has said?
The consumerwatchfoundation.com was the only news organisation to cover the action which took place at your home … a couple of local newspapers picked up the story a few days later.
The reasons we covered it are (1) to examine the methods used by the protesters and (2) to ask, in the wake of attacks on parliament and the murder of Joe Cox, were you and your family safe in your home?
We have left telephone messages asking for you to contact us but we have heard nothing.
We are worth talking to Sir, we have thousands of readers at the consumerwatchfoundation.com and millions of listeners to our stablemate radio station RTI.fm.
So, Mr Timpson the reason for publishing this now … we are inviting you to talk to us about the problems families face when love goes wrong and what you can do to help them.
Alternatively, we can offer you the opportunity to tell everybody in your own words how you feel about the way the law and authorities treat people when their lives fall apart.
And how things can change to give them hope for the future.
We would like to ask you too, is parental alienation ever to become a crime in the UK as it is in other parts of the world?
We have lodged our contact details with your office.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Leigh G Banks, Editor the consumerwatchfoundation.com