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Balls: Osborne 'cynically' using Philpott in benefits row

The shadow chancellor Ed Balls has condemned the "nasty and divisive" comments by George Osborne in which he questions why taxpayers' money was being used to "subsidise lifestyles" like Mick Philpott:

I believe George Osborne's calculated decision to use the shocking and vile crimes of Mick Philpott to advance a political argument is the cynical act of a desperate Chancellor.

Our main thought at this time should be about the six children who tragically lost their lives, and the others in the family who have been left to mourn their loss.

We should have a proper debate about welfare reform.

And we should discuss what action needs to be taken to tackle the scourge of long-term unemployment including the need for a compulsory jobs guarantee so that people cannot languish on the dole for years and years on end.

But for the Chancellor to link this wider debate to this shocking crime is nasty and divisive and demeans his office.

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Philpott's sister: 'I hate him so much... rot in hell'

The sister of Mick Philpott described how she effectively buried her brother today as she saw him sentenced to life for killing six of his children in a house fire in Derby. Speaking exclusively to ITV News, Dawn Bestwick said jail wasn't good enough, and that "as a coward" he "deserved to die".

Dawn Bestwick,  Mick Philpott's sister
Dawn Bestwick, Mick Philpott's sister Credit: ITV News

Dawn Bestwick said: "They [the children] had a life. He [Mick Philpott] took that from them, he had no right. I hate him, I hate him so much. He's hurt us so much, it's not fair. He doesn't deserve to breath God's air. He deserves to die for what he did - and so do the other two. They were so cruel.

"It's not human, he should die for what he did. All three should rot in hell for what they did. The pain we have to live now, the grandmothers, the grandfather - they're the ones suffering too. The other siblings, Lord knows how they're going to get through this. But we're a strong family."

Watch the interview in full here shortly.

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Fury over where the blame should fall for Derby deaths

Where the ultimate blame should lay for the deaths of six of Mick Philpott's children is at the centre of fierce debate.

Editor and founder of the Guido Fawkes blog Paul Staines and Independent columnist Owen Jones amplified that debate on ITV's This Morning.

Editor of the Guido Fawkes blog Paul Staines and Independent columnist Owen Jones
Editor of the Guido Fawkes blog Paul Staines and Independent columnist Owen Jones Credit: ITV/This Morning

Paul Staines levelled the blame at the welfare state while Owen Jones said that was like blaming Harold Shipman on the NHS.

Watch the interview in full on This Morning's website.

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Angry scenes outside court as Philpotts driven away

Mick Philpott's sister Dawn Bestwick reacts outside Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire
A member of the public reacts as a police van believed to be transporting Mick or Mairead Philpott leaves Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire
Members of the public react as a police van believed to be transporting Mick or Mairead Philpott leaves Nottingham Crown Court. Credit: PA Wire

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Osborne's remarks on Philpott case a 'total disgrace'

Labour MP for Middlesbrough Andy McDonald has accused George Osborne on Twitter of "trying to make capital" out of the Philpott case:

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Total disgrace that Osborne tries to make capital out of the appalling Philpott case. Typical Tory demonization of anyone on benefits.

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Osborne: Why are we subsidising lifestyles like Philpott's?

Chancellor George Osborne. Credit: PA Wire

Chancellor George Osborne has questioned why the taxpayer should pay for benefit "lifestyles" such as those of child killer Mick Philpott.

When asked on a visit to Derby if the Philpotts were a product of Britain's benefit system, Mr Osborne said: "It's right we ask questions as a Government, a society and as taxpayers, why we are subsidising lifestyles like these. It does need to be handled."

He said Philpott "was responsible for horrendous crimes, crimes which have shocked the nation".

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