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Complaints against Cornwall Councillor Collin Brewer considered by Standards Committee

By CGGayle  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

Cornwall Councillor Collin Brewer who allegedly compared disabled children to deformed lambs

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The findings of an investigation into comments made by Cornwall Councillor Collin Brewer, who allegedly compared disabled children to deformed lambs, were today considered by Cornwall Council’s Standards Committee.

Following complaints from members of the public and disability groups regarding comments allegedly made by the councillor during an interview with the Disability News Network, a senior lawyer was appointed by the Council’s monitoring officer to investigate the matter and to see whether the 69-year-old, who represents Wadebridge East, has breached the Members Code of Conduct.

In a statement Cornwall Council said: “There was a lengthy debate on the findings of the investigation at today’s meeting and the views of members have been reported to the monitoring officer to inform his final determination of the complaints.

“A copy of the confidential report has also been provided to Councillor Brewer and his response was also considered at the meeting.”

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“The final decision on the complaints and any sanctions to be imposed will be made by the monitoring officer within the next few working days.

The statement continued: “The Council does not have the legal power to remove Collin Brewer from his position as a Councillor.

“The Council has never had the power to sack a councillor, although it could previously suspend councillors following the investigation and determination of Code of Conduct complaints.

“However, following the Government’s changes to the Code of Conduct complaints process, this sanction is no longer available.”

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  • John_Dee  |  June 29 2013, 4:40PM

    It is a shame that the rules were changed so that Mr Brewer, or any other councillor, cannot be suspended when they breach the code of conduct. After all MPs can still be suspended if they fail to meet the standards expected of them. Let's hope that the Monitoring Officer makes the right decision and imposes the maximum sanction allowed in the circumstances - then at least the wider public will know that Mr Brewer's views are not shared by the vast majority of the right-thinking, compassionate people of Cornwall.

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