Councillor who said disabled 'should be put down' re-elected in UK

A councillor who resigned after he said disabled children “should be put down” to save taxpayers’ money has been re-elected.

Collin Brewer, an independent councillor, stood down from Cornwall Council in February after remarks he made at an equalities event at County Hall in Truro 18 months earlier went public.

However the veteran councillor returned to politics by taking the seat of Wadebridge East by four votes from Liberal Democrat Steve Knightley.

The complaint stemmed from an incident in Truro in October 2011, when Mr Brewer was talking to Theresa Court, advice services manager with Disability Cornwall. The matter has only recently been resolved by the standards board.

In a statement, Disability Cornwall said it was “shocked beyond words” that Mr Brewer had been re-elected.

“Many of our members are calling as, like us, they are deeply saddened to hear this, and worry what this could mean for us all, with such discriminatory views held by the ’leaders’ of our county.

“He didn’t think he did anything wrong and put his comment that ’disabled children should be put down as they cost the council too much money’ down to a ’flippant remark’.”

The statement added: “This incident caused outrage when it was featured throughout the press in the UK and beyond, because, like us, people were truly shocked and saddened by it.

“What will they think now of the people of Cornwall who are responsible for voting for someone who holds and speaks such disparaging views?

“Truly a sad day for Cornwall.”

Mr Brewer said he had received messages of support from at least half a dozen councillors who contacted him over his remarks.

“They know this is against my character,” he said earlier this year. “I was wrong – I admit it. I will continue to apologise.”

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