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'Give us power to discipline Brewer'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 10, 2013

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Cornwall Council has agreed to pressure government to reintroduce sanctions that would have allowed them to suspend councillor Collin Brewer following comments he made in an interview comparing disabled children to deformed lambs.

Loveday Jenkin, chairman of the Standards Committee which reviewed an investigation in to Mr Brewer's comments yesterday said it was "vital" that it was given meaningful sanctions to deal with serious breaches of the Code of Conduct.

Mr Brewer, the 69-year-old councillor for Wadebridge East, has been at the centre of long running saga after it was revealed earlier this year he had allegedly told a charity worker that disabled children "cost too much" and "should be put down".

A council investigation in to subsequent remarks condemned his actions as "outrageous and grossly insensitive".

However, although he has reportedly indicated to the council's monitoring officer he will resign, no official confirmation has been received.

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  • Charlespk  |  July 10 2013, 4:36PM

    You are getting way above yourselves Councillors and behaving like Medieval Witch Hunters. . Doctors, Medical Practitioners decide how we deal with and look after very severely disabled babies, not Councillors. . Councillors may have their opinions when they are having to deal with funding for aftercare but that is all. It could be argued that keeping certain very severely disabled babies alive as 'vegetables' is in fact inhumane. Few people ever have to witness this degree of disability.

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