Rotherham Council will be ‘transparent’ with inquiry into Ukip couple foster children removal

Michael Gove has ordered an inquiry. Picture: AFP
Michael Gove has ordered an inquiry. Picture: AFP
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A COUNCIL has said it will be “as open and transparent as possible” with an inquiry ordered by Education Secretary Michael Gove into why three foster children were removed from a couple because of their membership of the UK Independence Party (Ukip).

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire has faced widespread criticism after the decision to take the children from the family emerged over the weekend.

Today, in a statement, council leader Roger Stone said: “The Secretary of State for Education has asked for an inquiry relating to this case over the weekend. The council welcomes this. We will work very closely with and give full co-operation to the Department.”

Mr Stone said there were sensitive issues involved but added: “At all stages, however, we will seek to be as open and transparent as possible as we co-operate with the Secretary of State.”