– Shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg
I welcome the statement from Rotherham Council and their commitment to provide full co-operation with the Department for Education's investigation, so any lessons can be learned both for Rotherham and other parts of the country.
We would be happy to work with Mr Gove’s team on any wider issues this raises as well.
The upmost concern for everyone should be that the situation for the three children is resolved in their best interests.
Being a UKIP member should not be a bar to being a foster or adoptive parent, the key factor is whether those parents are providing a safe and loving environment.
Rotherham Council has apologised for the way it handled a decision to remove three Eastern European children from foster parents who were members of the UK Independence Party. But they insist the decision was in the children's "best interests."