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PICTURES: Protesters' march demands resignation of councillor

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 17, 2013

  • Patrica Tomkins of Newquay joins the protest march

  • Clint Paddock of Newquay taking part in the Wadebridge march

  • Collin Brewer was re-elected in May

  • Young supporters who joined the march are Lydia Rowe of Newquay who as just been elected as carnival queen along with Ricardo Barnes of Fraddon

  • Annette Lee Julian along with her daughter Amy representing CMT (Charcot- Marie-Tooth Disease)

  • Protesters gather in Wadebridge Town centre to make their point

  • Shirley Rowe of Fraddon as her say on her banner

  • The protest march through Wadebridge

  • Jamie Ball leads the protest march through Wadebridge

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Campaigners hoping to oust Collin Brewer, the Cornwall councillor who said disabled children "should be put down", have vowed to fight on after taking their protests to his home town.

More than 50 people joined a march through Wadebridge in a bid to force Mr Brewer to stand down following a succession of comments allegedly made against disabled children that have prompted both police and council investigations. It was the third time a protest has taken place against the 69-year-old after he allegedly compared disabled children to deformed lambs shortly after getting re-elected to the Wadebridge East seat he resigned in February.

However, despite launching an investigation into his conduct, Cornwall Council has admitted there is little it can do to force Mr Brewer to stand down.

But James Ball, 34, from Camborne, who organised the march on council offices in the town, said protesters wouldn't stop until they got what they wanted.

"I think there is a part of me that thinks he's going to remain stubborn but we are not going to be going away," he said, following the march on Saturday.

"He apologised the first time round and then got re-elected and then came out and made comments again which showed that his apology wasn't sincere. His resignation is the only apology he can make now."

He added that support from Wadebridge for their cause was strong.

He said: "We had one person that stopped us and told us that Collin Brewer didn't say those things. But people were really supportive, some came and joined in"

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