DIARY: Hit or Miss... Breeding gaffe

Tory councillor John Ward embarrassed party leader David Cameron by suggesting on his blog that parents on benefits should undergo compulsory sterilisation. The story was picked up by the nationals, prompting comparisons with the Nazis after Ward attacked 'professional spongers' who 'breed for greed'. He made the comments in a discussion about the hunt for schoolgirl Shannon Matthews, whose mother Karen Matthews is pictured above. Ward has since bowed to pressure to resign his eight-year seat on Medway Council in Kent.

Karen Matthews: mother of Shannon
Karen Matthews: mother of Shannon

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