Councillor quits AGAIN after comparing disabled children to the treatment of deformed lambs
He resigned in 2011 after saying that 'disabled children should be put down'
Wednesday 10 July 2013
A councillor has resigned for a second time in less than six months over comments he made about disabled children.
Collin Brewer, 68, resigned as a member of Cornwall Council days after he compared disabled children to deformed lambs. A standards board report censured him for his "outrageous and grossly insensitive remarks", but said they did not have the power to remove him from his seat.
After his comments were published, the council received 180 complaints and a campaign was launched to force him to resign as the independent councillor for Wadebridge East.
Mr Brewer first resigned as a councillor for the district in February when comments he made to a charity worker in 2011 about disabled children costing the authority too much money entered the public domain.
He said that "disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down".
On their website, Cornwall Council explained that following the Government’s abolition of Standards for England in 2012 and changes to the Code of Conduct regime, "the options available to the Council when a breach of the Code of Conduct is found have been limited."
"There is no longer the ability to suspend Councillors. The Council has never been able to disqualify Councillors in response to Code of Conduct complaints."
Mr Brewer resigned but in May was re-elected to the ward by just four votes. A week later he gave an interview to the Disability News Service, which has now led to him quitting his post for a second time.
Mr Brewer raised concerns about the "burden" of disabled children and compared the costs of looking after them to the maintenance of public toilets.
He compared farmers' treatment of deformed lambs to the way disabled children are dealt with.
"If they have a misshapen lamb, they get rid of it. They get rid of it. Bang," Mr Brewer said.
Earlier, this week Cornwall Council published a report by its monitoring officer, which found Mr Brewer had breached the councillors' code of conduct and formally censured him for the "outrageous and grossly insensitive remarks" he made in the interview.
A Cornwall Council spokeswoman said in a statement: "Cornwall Council has today received a letter from Collin Brewer confirming that he has formally resigned as the member for the Wadebridge East electoral division.
"The resignation takes effect from 10 July, the date the written confirmation was received by the council's monitoring officer.
"The council's electoral service will now be making arrangements for a by-election to be held."
Simon Calder looks at communities fighting back against the poachers
Guide dog mauled while helping owner deliver Christmas cards
Chemical and radiation experts investigate after death of man found inside tent in field
Nelson Mandela’s complex bond with Britain
The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
10 stone five-year-old taken into care
- 1 Turning up the voice of America
- 2 The poorest pay the price for austerity: Workers face biggest fall in living standards since Victorian era
- 3 The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts
- 4 An obsessive’s documenting of Israeli war crimes in Lebanon can show us how the West lost respect for international law
- 5 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis
- < Previous
- Next >
£700 - £800 per day: Harrington Starr: Data Warehouse Programme Manager (SQL, ...
£700 - £800 per day: Harrington Starr: Technical Programme Manager, (Static Da...
£42000 - £46500 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Big 4 Opportunity...
£300 - £350 per day: Harrington Starr: MI Reporting Developer Oracle, SQL, PL...