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Council promises to bulldoze Philpott house

Tributes left outside Mick Philpott's house after his sentencing. Credit: PA

The house where Mick Philpott killed his six children by torching the property as they slept will be demolished, councillors have promised.

Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss has confirmed the council's intention is to knock down the property and the adjoining semi.

The plan will be to consult the local community on what should replace the buildings.

An online petition has already been launched urging the local authority to install a memorial garden.

Mr Bayliss told the Derby Telegraph: "Who would want to live in a house where six children have died and why would you want to live next door to a house where six children have died?"

"It is the council's intention to bulldoze the properties but we need to go through a number of legal loopholes first."

Minute of silence to remember Philpott children

Derby County players observe a minute's silence in memory of the six children who lost their lives in a house fire on Victory Road. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

A minute's silence has been held in memory of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father.

Supporters, staff and players fell silent at 3pm to remember Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13.

Derby County players observe a minute's silence in memory of the six children who lost their lives in a house fire on Victory Road. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

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Football club to hold memorial for Philpott children

Duwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden Philpott.

A minute's silence will be held today in memory of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father.

Derby County Football Club has asked supporters to join staff and players in remembering Jade, 10, and her brothers John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six, Jayden, five, and Duwayne, 13.

A spokesperson for the club said the Rams will hold the minute's silence ahead of their fixture with Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium this afternoon.

Mick Philpott, 56, was jailed for life on Wednesday after being convicted of killing the children along with his wife Mairead, 32, and friend Paul Mosley.

Cameron backs Osborne comments on Philpott

David Cameron strongly backed his Chancellor George Osborne over his comments linking the Mick Philpott case with the welfare system.

The Prime Minister said "wider questions" had been raised about the welfare system.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

Alexander doesn't want to connect Philpott and welfare

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said he did not want to connect the Philpott case to the need for welfare reform.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Senior Liberal Democrats have not entered the row which has seen David Cameron back Chancellor George Osborne's comments that the case prompted "wider questions about our welfare system."

Mr Alexander said: "The Philpott case is an individual tragedy. Children have died in that case.

"I think that is where we should let that case lie. I would not want to connect that to the much wider need to reform our welfare system."

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PM: Osborne's Philpott remarks 'absolutely right'

The Prime Minister said the Chancellor's remarks about the Philpott case "were absolutely right".

He said: "I think what George Osborne said was absolutely right.

"He said that Mr Philpott was the one to blame for his crimes and he should be held responsible but what the Chancellor went on to say is we should ask some wider questions about our welfare system - how much it costs and the signals that it sends.

"We do want to make clear that welfare is there to help people who work hard, it shouldn't be there as a lifestyle choice and I think that's entirely legitimate."

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