Poll to replace disability row councillor Collin Brewer
Voters went to the polls yesterday to elect a replacement for the councillor who resigned after supposedly comparing disabled children to deformed lambs.
The Wadebridge East seat on Cornwall Council had been vacant ever since Collin Brewer stepped down in July.
The 69-year-old resigned following a lengthy campaign by protesters after comments allegedly made in an interview with the Disability News Service in May.
It was the second time the stand-alone candidate had resigned after previously stepping down from the former council after it was revealed that he said disabled children should be put down.
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Mr Brewer had been re-elected to the council in the local elections on May 2 by a margin of four votes, but he was forced to step down after being found to be in breach of the council's code of conduct.
The five candidates contesting the seat were Adrian Darrell Jones (Labour Party), Rod Harrison (UK Independence Party), Steve Knightley (Liberal Democrat), Tony Rush (Independent) and Stephen Rushworth (Conservative).
Mr Knightley lost the previous election to Mr Brewer by just four votes. His campaign pledges have included holding regular councillor surgeries.
The ward's total electorate is 3,217.