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UKIP foster couple would like a 'public apology'

A couple whose three foster children were removed because of their membership of UKIP would like a public apology from Rotherham Council.

The council removed the children because the couple's political affiliation was seen as being at odds with their European backgrounds.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the wife said:

We feel that we have personally been slandered and we would like a public apology from Rotherham.

We would also like something in the form of a letter stating that they have got it wrong in this case and that it will not be on our records that we have had children removed from our care.

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UKIP couple: 'We want our foster children back'

The couple, whose three foster children were removed because of their membership of UKIP, have asked for the youngsters to be returned to them.

However they also said that their chances have been wrecked because they do not want to cause them any more upheaval.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the wife said:

From a personal and selfish point of view, we would like the children back.

But we are more concerned with the children’s welfare, and we do not want them traumatised any more than they already have been.

It is not going to be feasible to take these children back. They are the innocent victims in all this. They deserve better.

Farage: Rotherham Council an 'outrage'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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 by-election candidates

The Rotherham by-election will be held on Thursday November 29 following the resignation of former Labour minister Denis MacShane.

Here is the full list of candidates running:

  • Simon Wilson, Conservative
  • Sarah Champion, Labour
  • Michael Beckett, Liberal Democrat
  • Marlene Guest, BNP
  • David Wildgoose, English Democrats
  • Simon Copley, Independent
  • Paul Dickson, Independent
  • Clint Bristow
  • Yvonne Ridley, Respect
  • Ralph Dyson, TUSC
  • Jane Collins, UKIP

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Rotherham Council leader details foster care inquiry

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".

He said:

We are going to investigate to make sure everything has been done professionally.

If the professionals give advice, we take it. We are going to investigate - we always would if somebody complains.

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