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Stephen Twigg MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to Rotherham Council’s statement, said:

"I welcome the statement from Rotherham Council and their commitment to provide full co-operation with the Department for Education's investigation, so any lessons can be learned both for Rotherham and other parts of the country.

“We would be happy to work with Mr. Gove’s team on any wider issues this raises as well.

“The upmost concern for everyone should be that the situation for the three children is resolved in their best interests.

"Being a UKIP member should not be a bar to being a foster or adoptive parent, the key factor is whether those parents are providing a safe and loving environment."

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