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'Put Disabled Kids Down' Councillor Quits
A councillor has resigned after he came under fire for saying disabled children "should be put down".
Collin Brewer, an independent member of Cornwall County Council, made the remarks at an equality event.
"I was wrong, I admit it. I will continue to apologise," he said, adding that he would be unlikely to stand in May's local elections.
"It's very painful. I didn't sleep last night. I probably won't sleep tonight.
"I'm not eating. I think it will live with me. It's continual regret. I'm hoping I will cope with it. We will see."
Steve Paget, chairman of Disability Cornwall, reportedly welcomed his resignation, saying he had "finally seen sense" and the "situation should never have got to this stage".
Mr Brewer made the comments to Theresa Court, advice services manager with Disability Cornwall, in October 2011.
A council standards board panel reported its findings this week, and ordered him to apologise for the comment.
Ms Court said: "I remember him (Mr Brewer) coming over and asking what the stall was about.
"I was explaining to him about the parent partnership service when he said disabled children should be put down.
"He said they cost the council too much money. I felt physically sick. I was there with parents of disabled children at the time and I just had to turn my back on him."
A Facebook page called "Cornwall Councillor Collin Brewer should resign" attracted 3,692 supporters.
TV celebrity Katie Price entered the debate, writing on her Twitter page: "Colin (sic) Brewer how would you like to dispose of my son Harvey?"
In another message on the micro-blogging site, she added: "Many disabled contribute more to society than Mr Brewer - ask our paralympians."