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Cornwall Councillor Colin Brewer has apologised for his disabled children comments and says he should never have said it.
Katie Price has been tweeting about Cornwall Councillor Colin Brewer after his comments about disabled children. Her son Harvey suffers from multiple disabilities including autism and mobility difficulties.
Cornwall Council says in a statement that although Cllr Collin Brewer has broken its Code of Conduct, it is legally unable to suspend him as a result. Instead, the only 'proportionate' sanction it was able to impose was to require Cllr Brewer to issue a formal apology, which he has done.
Cllr Collin Brewer said disabled children should be 'put down' to save Cornwall Council money.
A spokesman for disabled charity Scope described Cllr Collin Brewer's outburst as "outrageous".
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:
Disability Cornwall today led the calls for Mr Brewer's resignation.
Theresa Court, advice services manager, said:
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.
Latest ITV News reports
There are calls for Councillor Collin Brewer to resign after he said that disabled children should be put down.