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Rotherham Borough Council has released the following statement regarding the decision to remove two children from their foster parents, who were found to be UKIP members:
Rotherham Council has apologised over the way it handled a decision to remove three Eastern European children from foster parents, admitting that membership of UKIP was not a valid reason.
The couple - a qualified nursery nurse and former Royal Navy reservist - had the three Eastern European children in their care removed last November after the council reportedly received an anonymous tip-off about their membership of the right-wing party.
The council maintained that the removal of the siblings last November was in their "best interests," but added that "membership of UKIP would not prevent any individual from being considered as a foster carer in Rotherham".
The UKIP foster couple had already bought Christmas presents for the three children before they were taken from their care. They told our Social Affairs Correspondent Penny Marshall that their political views should have nothing to do with their ability to provide a loving home.
A couple who had foster children removed from their care because of their membership of the UK Independence Party have spoken to ITV News about their "disbelief" at what happened. Speaking anonymously they said:
A couple who said they had three foster children removed from their care because they are members of UKIP said Rotherham Council leaders should consider resigning after failing to apologise.
The South Yorkshire couple claim the council told them they could only care for children who are white.
The foster mother told The Sun newspaper, "These children have now gone to other white, presumable British, couples. The only difference therefore is that these other people are not linked to UKIP".
"We wouldn't have taken these children on from an ethnic minority background if we had been racist".
"In fact the council are being racist towards us by saying that, yes, we can continue fostering - but for white children only", she added.
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