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Cornwall councillor Collin Brewer quits amid mounting pressure over disabled children comments

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

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Cllr Collin Brewer, who resigned from Cornwall Council today over his disabled children comments.

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A Cornwall councillor who told a Hayle disability charity that "all disabled children should be put down" because they cost the council too much money has resigned.

Cllr Collin Brewer, Independent councillor for Wadebridge East, decided to step down from the council overnight amid an unprecedented storm of criticism from people across Cornwall yesterday.

More than 2,800 people voted in a poll on thisiscornwall.co.uk with an overwhelming 97 per cent calling for the resignation of the councillor, who made the comments to a representative of Disability Cornwall in 2011.

In an interview this morning on BBC Radio Cornwall, Cllr Brewer said he was struggling to sleep or eat since the story broke on this website on Tuesday evening.

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Parents of disabled children, including glamour model Katie Price, aka Jordan, reacted furiously to the statement and were among hundreds of people who left messages on our website, called The Cornishman, West Briton and Cornish Guardian and posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Clrr Brewer told the radio station today: "I was wrong, I admit it. I will continue to apologise. This is my first indiscretion, not that there is any excuse for that and most are sympathetic to me, those that I've spoken to."

He said he would not rule out standing again for the council at the next elections in May, if he had the support of his constituents.

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  • FancyPants  |  March 02 2013, 11:08AM

    Brilliant. I hope the other one will resign now.

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  • Phil_lip  |  March 02 2013, 1:08AM

    Yet again some people are targeting the wrong end of the spectrum, if government wasn't in the corporate back pocket and actually stood for the people then we would not be in the mess we are, tax those that should be taxed correctly, help those that need it and stop paying subsidies to large corporations that make so much money it could clear world debt, hunger, educate everybody and most probably cure all illnesses. There are only 2 countries in the world that have stood up to the banks and corporations and jailed the ones that caused problems in their country, everyone else is continually bailing out and making excuses but still getting into more debt and making average Jane and Joe on the street suffer; yet these 2 countries have a greater growth rate and more stable economy without affecting the people, in fact they bailed them out by reducing their personal debt created by the real criminals.

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  • PJL1967  |  March 01 2013, 1:12AM

    Deene0, what Collin Brewer said was absolutely disgusting and what you've said is an outright lie! See: http://tinyurl.com/d877k6u Clearly therefore, both of you are clearly a menace to society, albeit for different reasons.

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  • weemart  |  February 28 2013, 8:16PM

    So Deene0, why don't they just scrap all benefits and public services. The government won't need to pay council workers, nurses, doctors, police, etc. Most of them would become unemployed cos most ppl wouldn't be able to afford to use them privately. Once they become unemployed, with no benefits they'll soon starve or die of disease. But of course they'll be so short of money they won't be able to afford funeral costs and with no benefits to pay for them soon sickness will spread to the ppl who r still working. They'll be off work sick with no sick pay, and no way of getting treated for their illness. So soon they'll be dead and adding to the disease. Give it 2 years and any survivors will live in a rich, empty country. That would solve lots of problems, but doesn't make it right.

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  • Deene0  |  February 28 2013, 6:31PM

    The way our government is continuing to borrow (£440.000 every min of every day at present) then we might soon have no money to fund the NHS Pensions or any other form of benefit 'weemart.' We are now the second most in debit country set against GDP in Europe and that includes Greece and this is a fact that could very easily become a reality.

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  • weemart  |  February 28 2013, 6:09PM

    @Cononbridge. Before penicillin was invented ppl died of illnesses which today are no threat to us. Why don't we just go the whole hog and not bother letting any1 get treated for any illness on NHS. That would save the country billions.

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  • Deene0  |  February 28 2013, 5:25PM

    4becks I did not and do not condone the Councillors comments for which he has unreservedly apologised both as instructed and more so both publically and voluntarily. Your Son you say has no pain and a good quality of life yet you choose to swear at someone for having a view which you haven't read properly. A case of pot to kettle springs to mind.

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  • fran14  |  February 28 2013, 5:16PM

    by fran14 As ihave known this councillor from school days,I think his remarks were in very poor taste and he is so worryed about all the money the council spends on these poor people then why doesnt he return all the money he gets paid

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  • manasbose  |  February 28 2013, 5:00PM

    Saw Councillor Brewer's comments on the BBC website website and as a father of a 20 year old autistic child found them very upsetting. I am very interested in World War 2 history and I think the Councillor would benefit from studying the Nazi attitude to 'imperfect specimens' of their race such as the disabled and those older people unfortunate enough to suffer from dementia They were only 'useful' to their minds for barbaric research as conducted by the beast DR Josef Mengele You never know Councillor Brewer you may be a ''drain' on society when you are older and need care but you will still be looked after I'm sure Fortunately we live in a civilised country where the disabled and vulnerable elderly are looked after as best we can given the limited budget available May it continue

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  • connonbridge  |  February 28 2013, 4:52PM

    It used to be 'survival of the fittest', but nowadays with all the advances in medical science, this is no longer the case. The problem is that these interventions often come at huge cost and don't necessarily result in a significant improvement in quality of life or enable independant living. It was stated on the radio this morning that it costs three times as much to raise a 'disabled' child as it does a 'normal' child. No doubt the additional costs are often bourne by the public purse. The question is, in these austere times, should these costs continue to be ring-fenced or should they face cuts like every other public services? I am just glad that, unlike (ex) Councillor Brewer, I do not have to answer that question. His answer was of course totally unacceptable, but I came across a quote recently which goes: "THE PROBLEMS WE FACE TODAY ARE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR A LIVING ARE OUTNUMBERED BY THOSE WHO VOTE FOR A LIVING" - maybe Councillor Brewer was contemplating that scenario when he made that fateful comment.

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