A foster couple have had their children taken away by social workers because the pair were members of the UK Independence Party, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.
The husband and wife from Rotherham, who have been foster parents for seven years, have reportedly been told that they were unsuitable carers given the anti-immigration policies of UKIP.
The unnamed couple told the Telegraph they were made to “feel like criminals” after being accused of belonging to a ‘racist party’ and feared they would not be able to foster again.
In a statement to the press, Rotherham Borough Council said the children were “not indigenous white British” whose “long term needs” had to be considered.
The Labour Party has called for an investigation into the Labour-run council’s decision, after claims from UKIP it could have been politically motivated.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage described the council’s action as “political prejudice of the very worst kind”.
One of UKIP’s immigration policies is to “end the active promotion of the doctrine of multiculturalism by local and national government”, and to leave the European Union (EU).