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UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said the couple from Yorkshire, who claim that they were told they were no longer suitable to be foster carers because of reported connections to his party, have given children an opportunity "to thrive" in this country.
He also labelled the actions of Rotherham Council, who are investigating the claims by social services, as an "absolute outrage".
Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone says the investigation into the decision to remove children from the care of two foster parents who are members of UKIP will ascertain whether "everything has been done professionally".
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is to launch an investigation into the decision to remove children from the care of two foster parents who are members of UKIP, council leader Roger Stone said.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for an urgent investigation into a decision taken by the Labour controlled Rotherham Council, to remove three children from a married couple because they supported UKIP. ITV Calendar has a full statement from the Labour leader.
Education Secretary Michael Gove has attacked Rotherham Council's decision to remove three children from their foster parents because they supported UKIP.
Joyce Thacker, the Director for Children and Young People's Services at Rotherham Council says that UKIP's commitment to ending multiculturalism made a couple who supported the party unsuitable for fostering children with specific cultural needs.
She told the Today Programme that the three children were always going to be removed from the couple as they were only fostered by them on an "emergency placement". The authority had been previously criticised by judges for not finding foster parents who could support the children's cultural needs.
But she has denied claims that the decision to remove the two children meant that the authority thought that UKIP was "a racist party".
The Labour Party has called for an investigation by Rotherham Council into claims that supporters of the UK Independence Party had foster children removed from their care.
Rotherham Council has confirmed that the three children being cared for by the couple from Yorkshire were not "indigenous white British" and that social workers raised concerns about the UK Independence Party's stance on immigration.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has released a statement after a report in the Telegraph said that social workers rejected two experienced foster carers when they discovered that they were members of UKIP.
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