Education Secretary Michael Gove has attacked Rotherham Council's decision to remove three children from their foster parents because they supported UKIP.
Rotherham's reasons for denying this family the chance to foster are indefensible. The ideology behind their decision is actively harmful to children.
We should not allow considerations of ethnic or cultural background to prevent children being placed with loving and stable families. We need more parents to foster, and many more to adopt.
Any council which decides that supporting a mainstream UK political party disbars an individual from looking after children in care is sending a dreadful signal that will only decrease the number of loving homes available to children in need.
I will be investigating just how this decision came to be made and what steps we need to take to deal with this situation.
The UKIP foster parents who had three children removed have told ITV News fostering is not about politics.
An under fire council that removed three children from the care of foster parents who are members of UKIP launched an investigation.