Wadebridge voters elect Liberal Democrat Stephen Knightley to replace disability row Cornwall councillor Collin Brewer
Voters in Wadebridge went to the polls yesterday to elect a replacement for Collin Brewer - the Cornwall councilor who was forced to resigned after allegedly comparing disabled children to deformed lambs.
Elected with 408 votes, Liberal Democrat Stephen Knightley will now represent the people of Wadebridge East.
Mr Kightley, who is a former mayor of the town, lost the previous election to Mr Brewer by just four votes back in May.
During his latest campaign Mr Knightley pledged to hold regular councillor surgeries in the ward, which has a total electorate of 3,217.
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It was a close contest with Mr Knightley winning the seat by just nine votes.
The current mayor of Wadebridge Tony Rush, who stood as an independent candidate, came second with 399 votes.
Conservative Stephen Rushworth came fourth with 217 votes, followed by UKIP’S Roderick Harrison with 202 and Labour’s Adrian Jones with 58.
The seat had been vacant since Mr Brewer resigned in July following a lengthy campaign by protestors after comments he allegedly made during an interview with the Disability News Service.
The 69-year-old was eventually forced to hand in his resignation after being found to be in breach of the council's code of conduct.
It was the second time Mr Brewer had resigned after previously stepping down from the former council after it was revealed that he said disabled children should be put down.