Letter: Labour's benefit cut

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Sir: Harriet Harman says: "Lone mothers want to work for the same reason as married women work - for a better standard of living for their children." As a doctor and as the father of three children, I say if women really want to provide a better standard of living for their children they should aim to stay at home to provide the love that children need, like plants need water, and not worry about the specious claims of advertisers and feminists.

The most important job to be done in this life is to parent one's children and if the mother, whether Cabinet minister, lawyer, doctor, nurse or cleaner, tires herself out doing a job of secondary importance, her ability to nurture her children will be severely compromised.

Strong families produce strong individuals - weak families produce weak individuals.

C STEPHEN FROST

Colwyn Bay, Clwyd

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