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Nominees to replace disgraced councillor Brewer announced

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 15, 2013

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NOMINEES for a by-election to replace disgraced councillor Colin Brewer, who said disabled children should be "put down", have been announced.

The former Wadebridge East Cornwall councillor originally stood down in February over his comments and was re-elected in May.

Mr Brewer resigned for a second time after he was censured by the authority last month for other "grossly offensive" comments that apparently linked disabled children to deformed lambs.

The council has announced the nominees for the vacant seat with a by-election on September 5.

They include Wadebridge mayor Tony Rush, and former Cornwall councillor and Cabinet member Stephen Rushworth, who lost his Padstow and St Merryn seat at the elections in May. Also standing is Stephen Knightley, who lost out to Mr Brewer in May by just four votes.

The candidates are:

Rod Harrison, UK Independence Party;

Adrian Darrell Jones, Labour Party;

Steve Knightley, Liberal Democrat;

Tony Rush, independent;

Stephen Rushworth, Conservative.

The new member will represent an electorate of 3,217, covering two wards in the neighbouring parishes of Egloshayle (North ward) and St Kew (St Kew Highway ward).

Polling stations will be at Wadebridge Camels Rugby Club, St Kew Highway Community Hall and St Kew Parish Hall.

Members of the public have until midnight on August 20 to register to vote in the by-election.

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