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Disability charity welcomes mayor's resignation

Disability charity Scope has welcomed the news that Swindon's mayor Nick Martin has resigned over remarks he made about disabled people.

Cllr Martin handed in his resignation after being ordered to apologise by a standards watchdog.

The 63-year-old was overheard to say at a meeting last year: "Are we still letting those Mongols have sex with each other?"

This wasn't just about political correctness and using the wrong words.

The mayor insinuated that there is something wrong with disabled people having sex with each other.

Disturbingly, his outdated comments showed a lack of acceptance that disabled people have sex lives, which can be just as fulfilling - or unfulfilling - as anyone else's.

The outcry following the mayor's comments show that the general public don't condone this kind of deep-seated ignorance towards disabled people.

– Richard Hawkes, chief executive, Scope

Swindon's mayor resigns after disabled comments

Nick Martin has resigned as Swindon's mayor. Credit: Swindon Borough Council

The mayor of Swindon, Cllr Nick Martin, has resigned from his post in the wake of a scandal over remarks he made about disabled people.

In a letter sent to Stephen Taylor, Swindon Borough Council's Director of Law and Democratic Services, Cllr Martin said:

"Dear Stephen,

"It is with regret that I submit my resignation as Mayor of the Borough of Swindon with immediate effect.

"Following the accusations against me, I have cooperated with the independent Standards investigation, I have accepted the findings, I have made new apologies and am abiding by the other recommendations from the Standards Assessment Panel.

"However, it is clear that this will not stop the attacks on the Office and person of Mayor. Therefore, I deem it best for the people of Swindon to resign.

"Yours sincerely,

"Cllr. Nick Martin"

Read: Mayor forced to apologise for 'mongols' remark

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More job losses following Honda cutbacks

South Marston Distribution Centre is cutting more than half its temporary workforce. Credit: ITV News

A firm which keeps parts for Honda in Swindon has announced that 135 temporary workers are to lose their jobs.

It follows last week's move by the car giant to scale back production because of a fall in sales. South Marston Distribution Centre is cutting more than half its temporary workforce and will be mainly basing its decision on people's performance.

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ROADS: A4311 Swindon

The A4311 Cirencester Way in Swindon is closed in both directions closed due to a serious accident between the A4259 County Road / B4289 Great Western Way and the B4143 Gipsy Lane junctions.

The road is likely to remain closed for several hours.

Belcher ready for Touring Car Championship debut

It's fast, it's furious - it's one of motor racing's biggest attractions - and it's about to return to the track. The new British Touring Car Championship season thunders into action this weekend and you can watch every twist and turn on ITV4.

This year there's West Country interest in the series, with Swindon's Simon Belcher taking a place on the grid among international racing superstars.

Chris Spittles reports:

Two men arrested in Swindon over human trafficking

Two men have been arrested in Swindon in suspicion of human trafficking. The men, both from Lithuania, were arrested following three raids at separate locations in the town earlier today (Thursday 27 March).

As a result of the operation, eight Lithuanian men and women have been identified as potentially being exploited by the men and are now being given support by Wiltshire Police and the Salvation Army.

Hundreds of jobs at risk at Honda plant in Swindon.

Car maker Honda has announced it is scaling back production at its Swindon plant with the loss of up to five hundred jobs. It will affect 340 employees and a further 160 agency workers.

The company, which employs 3000 people in the town, is cutting the number of shifts from three to two.

It blames a slump in European sales. Unions say staff have been left bewildered and angry, as Robert Murphy reports.

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