Sunday 24 September 2017

Left-wing attacker is a part-time comedian

Martin Evans in London

The man who attacked Rupert Murdoch with shaving foam is a determined Left-wing campaigner and occasional stand-up comedian.

Jonathan May-Bowles (26) is loosely attached to several political organisations, including the UK Uncut campaign, although his radical credentials belie a distinctly middle class background.

Mr May-Bowles, who goes by the stage name Jonnie Marbles, was born and brought up in Windsor. His father, David Marshall Bowles, who at 81 is a year older than Mr Murdoch, is a retired company director, and his sister, Helen, is a climate change campaigner who has taken part in several high-profile protests.

Mr May-Bowles was very keen on politics from a young age. At 17 he fathered a son with his girlfriend, Joanna Kwasowski, but won a place at Royal Holloway College, London University, to study politics and international relations. He married his girlfriend before beginning his course in 2005.

A university contemporary, who asked not to be named, said Mr May-Bowles was heavily involved in student politics. "He was very Left-wing and interested in all sorts of issues, but he was slightly frustrated being at Royal Holloway because it is middle class and quite a conservative campus and he struggled to find people with similar views."

Mr May-Bowles and his wife split up, and after graduating in 2008 he worked in London's stand-up comedy circuit.

He has posted comments on his blog attacking the Murdoch empire, calling it a "nest of vipers". Just before his lunge at Mr Murdoch he wrote on Twitter: "It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before."

Last night his ex-wife and parents refused to comment. Mr May-Bowles was arrested on suspicion of assault. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)

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