Jordan in Cllr disability row

The model Katie Price, better known as Jordan, has attacked an independent Cornwall councillor who has apologised for saying disabled children should be "put down" to save the council money. But Colin Brewer has refused to resign.

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Disability row councillor to consider his position

Local councillor Collin Brewer said he will consider his position after it emerged he said children with disabilities "should be put down" to save money.

Jon Kay is the west of England correspondent for BBC News:


Katie Price attacks 'ignorance' of local councillor

Model Katie Price has attacked the "shameful ignorance" of a local councillor who said that disabled children "should be put down" to save money.

She added:

Jordan's first son Harvey was born blind and has autism.

Councillor's disability comments 'have no place in modern society'

A spokesman for disabled charity Scope described Cllr Collin Brewer's outburst as "outrageous".

He said:

Comments such as this have absolutely no place in modern society and should be consigned to the history books.

To hear such an ill-judged and insensitive statement from a councillor is deeply disturbing and demonstrates that they are clearly not fit for office.

Sadly hostility such as this is not uncommon for many disabled people and it is thoughtless comments like this that make it even harder for them to overcome the multiple barriers they face and live their lives just like everyone else.

Disability service calls for Councillor to resign

Disability Cornwall today led the calls for Mr Brewer's resignation.

Theresa Court, advice services manager, said:

I remember him (Mr Brewer) coming over and asking what the stall was about.

I was explaining to him about the parent partnership service when he said disabled children should be put down.

He said they cost the council too much money.

I felt physically sick. I was there with parents of disabled children at the time and I just had to turn my back on him.

He is supposed to be an elected member representing public views and acting on behalf of the public.

How anyone can come out with that is just shocking.


Councillor claims he 'did nothing wrong'

A councillor who said disabled children "should be put down" to save money has apologised - but refused to resign, claiming he "did nothing wrong".

Collin Brewer has complied with standards board orders to apologise but says he has no intention of resigning.

He told the BBC:

Clearly it has gone to the standards board to provide any penalty whatsoever and the penalty they imposed was to write a letter of apology.

I have no intention of resigning. I don't think I have done anything wrong. I have apologised.

I have been a councillor for nearly 26 years. I have always worked to the best of my ability.

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