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Lib Dem replaces Collin Brewer in Wadebridge by-election

The Liberal Democrat Stephen Knightley has been elected as the new councillor for Wadebridge East in Cornwall to succeed Collin Brewer. He won by 9 votes.

The by-election was called after Mr Brewer resigned in July in a row over comments he made about disabled children. Full results:

  • Stephen Knightley (Lib Dem) 408
  • Tony Rush (Independent) 399
  • Stephen Rushworth (Conservative) 217
  • Roderick Harrison (UKIP) 202
  • Adrian Jones (Labour) 58

By election nominees announced following resignation

Controversial: Collin Brewer resigned over his comments. Credit: Ryan Hooper/PA Wire

A list of nominees has been announced for the Wadebridge East Cornwall Council by election, which is due to take place on 5th September.

The by election was called following the resignation of previous councillor Collin Brewer, who left his position after claiming that 'disabled children should be put down'.

Members of the public have until midnight on the 20th August to register to vote.

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By-election set after disabled row councillor

Councillor Brewer stood down earlier this month Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornwall Council are looking to replace the disgraced councillor Colin Brewer after he resigned earlier this month.

Mr Brewer stood down as Wadebridge East councillor after he said that 'disabled children should be put down'.

Information for potential candidates will be available from next week, before a by-election in September.

Cornish disability storm councillor quits: full report

A Cornwall Councillor who said disabled children 'cost too much and should be put down' has resigned.

Collin Brewer, an independent, has quit after bowing to mounting pressure. Initially he'd refused to step down.

His decision has been welcomed by Disability Cornwall, the charity the councillor made the remarks to, and the charity MENCAP, although both organisations says he should have left months ago.

Francesca Carpenter reports:

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Cornish disability storm councillor quits

Colin Brewer is said to have resigned Credit: Cornwall Council

A councillor who said disabled children "should be put down" to save taxpayers' money has resigned.

Collin Brewer, an independent councillor from Wadebridge, said his remarks at an equalities event at County Hall in Truro 18 months ago were designed to "provoke a debate".

However, the veteran council member has been met with a storm of criticism from disabled people, their carers and campaigners - including former glamour model Katie Price, whose son Harvey is disabled.

Mr Brewer initially refused to resign yesterday saying his comments were "a flippant remark".

He has reconsidered his position.

Full report: Cllr: Put down disabled children

by Francesca Carpenter

A councillor has sparked a national row after saying that disabled children "should be put down". Colin Brewer, an independent councillor from Wadebridge, made the remarks at an equalities event. Mr Brewer says he can't apologise enough, but believes he hasn't done anything wrong.

The Director of childrens' services at Cornwall Council has said "we wish to totally dissociate ourselves with these completely unacceptable views." **Today Mr Brewer told us he's now considering his position.

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