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Re-elected Wadebridge councillor Collin Brewer says his time away has been "hell"

By CG_News  |  Posted: May 04, 2013

By Mike Jarvis

  • Re-elected Wadebridge councillor Collin Brewer says his time away has been "hell"

  • Collin Brewer, who was re-elected on Friday

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COLLIN BREWER, the councillor who received global criticism for his comments about disabled children, has spoken of his months of “hell” after the outcry.

As TV cameras jostled for position to hear his thoughts following his successful re-election in the Wadebridge East seat today, he told of the abuse he has received over the last few months.

He was kicked out of the Independent Group at County Hall and subsequently resigned as a councillor in February after it was revealed that he said disabled children should be put down because they cost the authority too much.

But he said that he put himself forward for re-election because the people of Wadebridge wanted him to stand again.

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And as Cornwall Council’s interim chief executive and returning officer Paul Masters read out the results, Mr Brewer looked on with a wry smile. He had scraped past Lib Dem Stephen Knightley, beating him by just four votes in one of the closest contests of the unitary authority election.

As he faced the cameras one member of the public couldn’t contain his anger, shouting “you’re a disgrace” and “shameful” as journalists scrambled to interview the 68-year-old.

But he said the victory meant he would be “able to stand upright in my town”.

When asked if he should have even put himself forward for election, he said: “I’ve done nothing wrong – I’ve apologised. The people in Wadebridge wanted me to stand and I’m proud to stand for them.

“Today is a very special day for me – not only have I been re-elected to Cornwall Council but it’s my birthday.”

Mr Brewer, who received 335 votes to Mr Knightley’s 331, added: “I had to resign at the time because of the media pressure but I felt it was right the people of Wadebridge should decide on my future and they have decided.”

He said his time away had been “hell” and said he had received torrents of abuse from telephone calls, emails and comments on social networking websites.

However, he said the media furore surrounding him may have actually helped him get re-elected.

“The media has actually done me the power of good – they have promoted me and I’m well known,” he said.

Rival candidates for the Wadebridge East seat were left angered by his election.

Labour candidate Adrian Jones, who got 161 votes, said he was concerned that Mr Brewer’s comments and the fiasco surrounding him had “stained the name of Wadebridge”.

"My biggest concern is that a group of us in the town are really trying to promote Wadebridge as a renewable, friendly, family town and this is a move in the wrong direction."

Sarah Maguire, the woman who led the campaign against him when what he had said emerged in February, came last out of six councillors.

She said: "Collin does have a good track record of serving Wadebridge. I expected I would do better. I am surprised - it doesn't reflect my experience on the doorsteps of Wadebridge."

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  • billmartin28  |  May 12 2013, 3:12PM

    Parentdish have launched a competition to win a family holiday in Cornwall seems in very bad taste after what Colin Brewer has said does that mean only family's with non disabled children can apply as I'm sure disabled children wont be welcome after Brewers horrible comments and that his constituents who saw fit to re-elect him must be in agreement with to vote for this evil scumbag may they all hang their heads in shame.

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  • BradleyJJS  |  May 05 2013, 9:24AM

    What amazes me is the anger directed at this tin pot general whilst we ignore for example the grander lies and deceit by the lib dems. This victim offers good canon fodder to suppress who the real villains are, I will never forget the lies about University fees to start with.

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  • SimonFinal  |  May 04 2013, 8:19PM

    My child is autistic does that count Mr Brewer? its only ive been flying a kite with him today as I have a day off from work. He loved it he enjoyed his dinner ran riot for a hour and is now sleeping, but I suppose that don't matter he costs so much! I accept that he is voted in and better that than a dictatorship however it doesn't stop him being a shameful representative for both Cornwall and the UK and I hope that everywhere he goes people talk about his comments. Maybe we should create mandatory euthanasia anyone over 68 years think of the savings! I personally will never shop in wadebridge while he is elected and I know the rest of my family feel the same.

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  • BorisVonKerny  |  May 04 2013, 6:10PM

    He was re- elected , he is entitled to take his seat . It`s called democracy .

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  • Memphissun  |  May 04 2013, 2:42PM

    Narries when I said disabled I included children adults and the elderly they all come under disabled if they are ill and incapacitated and all of them should be protected from this kind of abuse as for you saying its democracy voting in this arrogant evil man then democracy has died in my book the 330+ voters that put him back in power seem to have forgotten the evil that swept Germany in 1940 despite public protests the Nazi leadership continued their program in secret throughout the war. About 200,000 handicapped and disabled people were murdered between 1940 and 1945 you may think this mans comment as not very serious but we are seeing hate crime against the disabled increase under this government which has resulted in the United Kingdom Government being Denounced for Crimes Against Disabled People to the International Criminal Court in The Hague check it out on Google this is how a great evil can start this governments policy in dividing neighbor against neighbor skivers and strivers comments are a slippery slope of us becoming an uncaring nation as the 330+ people who voted Brewer back in have proved remember a nation is judged by how well it takes care of the weak in society.

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  • Toromocho  |  May 04 2013, 1:28PM

    Mr. Brewer is a right bleeping *******, Shame on you!!!

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  • Toromocho  |  May 04 2013, 1:26PM

    Blipping *******! hang'im

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  • Doitdreckley  |  May 04 2013, 1:00PM

    I think more people voted against him than for him

  • Jonny2010  |  May 04 2013, 12:33PM

    Welcome to democracy people... if you don't like it, then try China or North Korea!

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  • torchwood2010  |  May 04 2013, 12:24PM

    Click on these links to show your disgust at the man having the cheek to stand again, what is wrong with the 330+ people who voted for them do they have no shame. This is why we need PR in this country , how can he claim to represent Wadebridge East with such a tiny number voting for him he is clearly in the minority. http://tinyurl.com/cbztr5p http://tinyurl.com/cy9cdc4

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