Disabled children "should be put down" ex-councillor Collin Brewer will stand for May elections
A councillor who resigned amid public backlash after admitting to saying disabled children should be "put down" will stand for re-election in May.
Collin Brewer, 68, was an elected independent member for Wadebridge East, when made the comments to Disability Cornwall at an information event at County Hall in Truro in 2011.
When told how the group helps parents of children with special educational needs, Mr Brewer responded by saying: "Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down."
Disability Cornwall advice services manager Theresa Court said "I was absolutely horrified anyone would make such a depraved comment, let alone a Cornwall councillor and at a public event."
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An investigation was launched and the independent standards committee ruled that Councillor Brewer should write a letter of apology to the organisation.
His letter read: "I am writing to offer my whole hearted apology for the offence these remarks have clearly caused.
"While I meant no offence by my remarks to you I can see, in retrospect, that they were ill judged and insensitive and should not have been made at all."
Amid the furore Brewer was removed from the Independent group. Group Leader, John Wood, said at the time "I had no hesitation in contacting Collin... and telling him that he was no longer welcome as a member of the Independent group."
He added: "It was not a flippant remark, despite what he is saying now."
More than 2,800 people voted in a poll on thisiscornwall.co.uk with an overwhelming 97 per cent calling for the resignation of the councillor.
Brewer finally stepped down in February this year, when he said he would not rule out standing again if he had the support of his constituents.
Brewer has since submitted nomination papers for the May 2nd elections in Cornwall.
A Facebook page has now been created called 'Stop Collin Brewer from standing for election'.