A Tory town mayor has been ordered to apologise after he called disabled people "mongols" during a council meeting about abuse they might face.
Two colleagues claimed Nick Martin, 62, asked them: "They aren't still letting those mongols have sex with each other are they?"
They reported the "distasteful" remark to investigators, who concluded he had breached the members' code of conduct and must apologise.
The mayor of Swindon, who has always denied making the remark six months ago, apologised yesterday. The comments were made while a council officer was making a presentation about issues faced by disabled adults in the borough, at a safeguarding adults meeting. The mayor was referred to the authority's standards board and an independent officer's report was drawn up and passed to an assessment panel which this week told him to apologise.
A statement from Swindon Council said: "The panel was satisfied that in order to resolve the matter at the earliest opportunity, a local resolution should be sought on the following terms: That councillor Martin makes an unreserved apology within seven days, accepting that he has breached the Members' Code, and that this apology be made public; accepts further training from the council's monitoring officer within the next 14 days; and that the findings of fact of the Independent Investigating Officer are made public."
Mr Martin said he accepted the outcome. "I have apologised for using a word I shouldn't have," he added."I will publicly apologise as I have been asked to."