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Stephen Timms MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, responding to comments made by George Osborne on Mick Philpott and welfare, said:

“Mick Philpott's crimes were terrible. Everyone should be clear that responsibility for these evil acts rests with him and the others sentenced today.

“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.

“We need action to tackle the scourge of long term-unemployment, which is why Labour is calling for a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee, but today is not the day to seek to divide people in this way and Mr Osborne should not be cynically doing so.”

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