Feb 272013
 

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A CORNWALL councillor has apologised but refused to resign after telling a disability charity that all disabled children “should be put down”.

Collin Brewer, independent councillor Wadebridge East, made the comments to Disability Cornwall at County Hall when the group had an information stand at an event to allow councillors to meet equalities organisations and understand some of the issues they face.

Councillor Colin Brewer

At the event, which took place in October 2011, Mr Brewer approached the stand and was told how the group helps parents of children with special educational needs.

He responded by saying: “Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.”

Disability Cornwall advice services manager Theresa Court said: “I was absolutely horrified anyone would make such a depraved comment, let alone a Cornwall councillor and at a public event.

“As far as I was concerned I had a duty to make a formal complaint against Councillor Brewer to seek appropriate justice.”

An investigation was launched and the independent standards committee ruled that Mr Brewer should write a letter of apology to the organisation.

His letter read: “I am writing to offer my whole hearted apology for the offence these remarks have clearly caused. While I meant no offence by my remarks to you I can see, in retrospect, that they were ill judged and insensitive and should not have been made at all.”

Chair of Disability Cornwall Steve Paget, MBE added: “It is of great concern to us that anyone with such beliefs, let alone to vocalise them, could be a representative and elected member of our local authority. For such a serious issue and multiple breach of code of conduct, bringing the council into disrepute, we did expect no less than this councillor’s resignation.”

When the West Briton contacted Mr Brewer about whether he would resign he initially claimed that he could not recall the incident.

However when prompted he said that he was not aware that there had been calls for his resignation and indicated that he would not stand down.

He said: “I had come to their stall after a long council meeting and I was probably a little bit het up as we had had some difficult debates.

“I could see that they were trying to sell me something so I said something to them which I thought would provoke a reaction. But they turned their backs on me and I walked away – I thought that was the end of the matter until the complaint.

“I used to be a salesman and I said it to provoke them into a discussion – I expected them to parry it and talk to me.

“I didn’t mean any offence and didn’t want to upset anyone.”

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  9 Responses to “So councillor you say disabled children should be put down as they cost too much?”

  1. How come it’s taken 18 months to come to light, and had hardly any publicity? Makes me sick! But when that Mp called a copper a pleb you couldn’t get nothing else on the news, just not right.

  2. Looks like Mr Brewer has closed his email account there’s justice for you

  3. This sort of comment was rife in 1930s Germany. It might reflect what members, and supporters, of this Coalition Government really think.

  4. Wow there’s a link to this article on the bbc news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-21612089

    (From other news sites) Go DPAC!

  5. What an evil man! He should be jailed and given hard labour. He had better hope he never becomes disabled.

  6. Its the least he can do. If the man cannot see the damage he has. created by what he said then maybe he should find a different career

  7. Hi

    I heard your comment and think your totally out of order in what you said and it would do you good to be a disabled child what with you and this current government victimising disabled people by all the cuts happing.

    I hope you realise the outrage you have caused with a lot of disability charity’s and organisations and if any one should be put down should be you, Mr Cameron, Clegg and all the tories and also Atos Healthcare.

    Mr Bayes

    • Mr Brewer has now resigned, 18 months after the incident

      • i should think so. im disabled. im totally offended. he should be put down NOW!!!. he makes me sick. the same goes for the conservative parties. money grabbing tossers. BRING BACK LABOUR!!!!!!!!!!

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