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Campaigners confront Collin Brewer and call for his resignation

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 19, 2013

  • James Ball leads the protest march.

  • Protesters gather in Wadebridge town centre, including march organiser James Ball, in the wheelchair and yellow jacket.

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CAMPAIGNERS calling for the resignation of Cornwall councillor Collin Brewer have confronted him at a planning meeting.

Mr Brewer was flanked by four police officers as he entered the debating chamber.

A group of 20 campaigners from across the county were at Luxstowe House, Liskeard, to urge him to stand down as the member for Wadebridge East.

Mr Brewer, 69, was attending a meeting of Cornwall Council's area planning committee, his first meeting since his election in May.

He had stood down as a councillor following a public outcry when he said disabled children "should be put down".

He was re-elected to represent Wadebridge East on May 2, but within days gave an interview to the Disability News Service (DNS) comparing disabled children to deformed lambs which are killed at birth. Cornwall Council is investigating whether his remarks have breached the national councillors' code of conduct.

James Ball, from Camborne, was among those who confronted Mr Brewer in Liskeard, having also organised a protest march through Wadebridge on Saturday.

"He told us the interview he did with Disability News had been taken out of context and had been misquoted," he said.

"He said he was a man of Christian values who respected all forms of life, and didn't even put slug pellets in his garden.

"Mr Brewer said he wouldn't be resigning because he had done nothing wrong."

He said Saturday's march, involving 60 people, some of whom were disabled like himself, had been worthwhile.

"Initially 50 turned up, but as we walked through the town so many drivers were beeping their horns and putting their thumbs up, and that was a great feeling. We picked up people along the route, and by the end we had 60.

"Only one person stopped us and defended Mr Brewer. We will not stop until Collin Brewer is gone, because the people of Cornwall will only take his resignation as an apology."

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