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Protest urging Cornwall councillor to resign: full report

The new chairman of Cornwall Council has called on fellow councillor Collin Brewer to resign over controversial remarks he made about disabled children.

Today dozens of people gathered outside County Hall in Truro to protest over his comments.

The council is investigating the matter, but doesn't have the power to sack Mr Brewer.

Devon and Cornwall Police are also involved.

Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports:

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Protest over councillor's remarks on disabled people

Scores of people have been protesting at County Hall in Truro, calling for Cornwall councillor, Collin Brewer to resign. Councillor Brewer had previously stepped down after his comments that disabled children should be put down to save the council money.

He was re-elected this month as an independent candidate for Wadebridge East and has since said that there is a good argument for killing some disabled babies. Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the matter. Protest organiser James Ball gives his reaction in this video.

Protest urging Cornwall councillor to resign

Cllr Colin Brewer. Credit: Cornwall Council

Disabled groups will be demonstrating today (Friday 24 May) outside County Hall in Truro calling for the Cornwall councillor Colin Brewer to resign.

Mr Brewer has previously stepped down after making comments that disabled children should be put down to save the council money. He was re-elected in May as an independent candidate for Wadebridge East.

Response from the disability charity Scope

Once again Councillor Collin Brewer is making despicable comments about disabled children.

These views have absolutely no place in modern society and should be consigned to the history books.

Families with disabled children are facing an uphill struggle to get basic support.

A councillor should be looking to support struggling local families, not telling them their children's lives are not worth living."

– Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive, Scope

Elected officials cannot pick and choose which of their constituents they represent in public office.

Given this councillor's blatant disregard for disabled people we'd question whether he has made the right career choice in standing for public office in the first place."

– Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive, Scope

Main party leaders condemn Councillor's remarks

The leaders of the majority of the parties on Cornwall Council have issued a joint statement distancing themselves from Cllr Brewer's comments:

The recently published comments which are attributed to Councillor Brewer are completely unacceptable and are contrary to the council's policy of supporting all people with disabilities.

Such views have no place in local government.

These remarks represent the personal views of Councillor Brewer who does not speak for the council or the people of Cornwall."

– Leaders of the majority parties on Cornwall Council:
  • Jeremy Rowe, leader of the Liberal Democrat group
  • John Wood, leader of the Independent group
  • Fiona Ferguson, leader of the Conservative group
  • Malcolm Moyle, leader of the Labour group
  • Stephanie McWilliam, Leader of UKIP group
  • Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow

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Councillor faces probe over disabled children comments

Devon and Cornwall Police are to investigate a Councillor in Cornwall who in an interview allegedly compared disabled children to deformed lambs.

The force has confirmed it had received complaints about Collin Brewer and was looking into whether any offence had been committed.

Collin Brewer was a Councillor on Cornwall Council Credit: Cornwall Council

During an interview with the Disability News Service, Mr Brewer is said to have raised concerns about the "burden" of disabled children.

He also reportedly compared farmers' treatment of deformed lambs to the way disabled children are dealt with.

Old brewery in Redruth receives lottery funding

Lottery funding will transform this old brewery in Redruth Credit: ITV Westcountry

£9.8 million pound plans to transform an old brewery in Redruth into an archive and record centre for Cornwall have won the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It means Cornwall Council will get a grant to come up with a formal proposal for funding for the project.

The centre will house manuscripts reflecting the area's history.

Stadium boost for the Pirates: full report

It's shaping up to be a momentous week for the Cornish Pirates. The Stadium for Cornwall, which could ultimately bring Premiership rugby to the county, was given planning permission yesterday.

And on Sunday, the Pirates face their biggest game of the season as they host Munster in the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup.

Jeff Welch reports:

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