Wadebridge by-election nominees

Nominees for the Wadebridge East by-election have been announced following the resignation of controversial councillor Collin Brewer.

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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.

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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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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: disabled children should be 'put down'

Cornwall councillor Collin Brewer insists he will not resign, after he said disabled children should be 'put down' to save the council money.

Mr Brewer, 68, is an independent councillor for Wadebridge East and made the comment to a Disability Cornwall member at County Hall in Truro in 2011. He has apologised for his remarks and says he has received no calls to resign.

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