– Stephen Timms, Labour Work and Pensions Minister
It is wrong to link those acts with the debate about welfare and George Osborne should not be doing so, even implicitly.
Millions of people including pensioners and the disabled, people in work and out of work, receive benefits and tax credits. The Government needs to recognise that they are as shocked and disgusted by the callous killing of these children as anyone else in Britain.
The Prime Minister has said the Chancellor's remarks about Mick Philpott, convicted of killing his six children and the need for welfare reform "were absolutely right".