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Cornwall Councillor Collin Brewer resigns over ‘disabled children’ comment

Written on:February 28, 2024
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Councillor’s “All disabled children should be put down” comment caused uproar

Cornwall Councillor Collin Brewer who received severe criticism for his insensitive remark about disabled children has given into mounting pressure and submitted his resignation. Collin Brewer’s resignation comes a day after he apologised for his lame comment made to the Hayle disability charity. The Cornwall Councillor stirred up an uproar when he said, “All disabled children should be put down” because “they cost the council too much money”.

It was ironical that the Cornwall Councillor made the unwarranted remark at an event designed to allow councillors to meet equal opportunity organisations and understand the issues they face. After vehemently refusing to apologise yesterday claiming that he did nothing wrong and terming the remark as ‘flippant’, Collin Brewer did a U-turn today and said that he was an unlikely candidate for the elections in May, while repeating his apology.

Colin Brewer’s appalling remark came when he reportedly approached a stall run by ‘Disability Cornwall’ at the event and was elaborated on the work by the charity. The Cornwall Councillor met with a storm of criticism from disabled people, their carers and campaigners, including former glamour model Katie Price, whose son Harvey is disabled, after the comments received widespread attention this week.

Aspokesman for disabled charity Scope described Collin Brewer’s outburst as “outrageous”, saying, “To hear such an ill-judged and insensitive statement from a councillor is deeply disturbing and demonstrates that they are clearly not fit for office.”

More than 2,800 people voted for the ouster of the councillor on a local website. In an interview this morning on BBC Radio Cornwall, Councillor Collin Brewer said he was struggling to sleep or eat since the story broke on Tuesday evening. Admitting his mistake, Collin Brewer said, “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.”

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