The husband and wife, who have been fostering for nearly seven years, said they were made to feel like criminals when a social worker told them that their views on immigration made them unsuitable carers.
...just under eight weeks into the placement, they received a visit out of the blue from the children’s social worker at the Labour-run council and an official from their fostering agency. They were told that the local safeguarding children team had received an anonymous tip-off that they were members of Ukip.
The wife recalled: “I was dumbfounded. Then my question to both of them was, 'What has Ukip got to do with having the children removed?’ “Then one of them said, 'Well, Ukip have got racist policies’. The implication was that we were racist. [The social worker] said Ukip does not like European people and wants them all out of the country to be returned to their own countries.
Ukip was once considered a single-issue fringe party but is now part of Britain’s political mainstream, with some recent national polls putting its support as high as nine per cent.
Its manifesto includes a demand for Britain to pull out of Europe and to curb immigration. It is also critical of multiculturalism and political correctness.
The party has three peers in the House of Lords, all defectors from the Conservatives, and 12 MEPs, although it has never won a seat in the Commons.
Originally posted by ollncasino
The UKip wants the UK to leave the EU and is critical of mass immigration and political correctness.
Originally posted by stumason
An interesting note, which slipped me by, if anyone is interested in some sort of angle anyway, is that there just happens to be a by-election for Parliament in Rotherham on Thursday......
Something tells me there might be a surprise or two in store in that election... At the very least, the local Labour Party have certainly shot themselves in the foot by doing this just 2 weeks before an election....
Originally posted by HabiruThorstein
No surprise to hear this, the UK has been in full Big Brother mode for a while now. Tommy Robinson of the EDL was jailed just because of his politics. Ransacked his residence, no evidence, trumped up new charges, still threw him in jail.
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by SearchLightsInc
I think UKIP can be considered mainstream, you know. The Education Sec yesterday described them as such and they command a sizeable amount of votes at pretty much every election, just not enough concentrated in an area to unseat the big 3, however, that is changing and publicity like this can only be good for the Party.
The education secretary, Michael Gove, has said he will launch an investigation into a council that removed three children from foster parents due to concerns about their membership of the UK Independence party.
Gove branded the council's actions as "indefensible" and said he would be personally investigating the situation.
Ed Miliband called for an urgent investigation into the case. He said: "Being a member of Ukip should not be a bar to adopting or fostering children. We need loving homes for children across the country. That can come in different forms, it's not about what political party you are a member of."
"The fact of the matter is I have to look at the children's cultural and ethnic needs. The children have been in care proceedings before and the judge had previously criticised us for not looking after the children's cultural and ethnic needs, and we have had to really take that into consideration with the placement that they were in."