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Swindon mayor apologises for 'mongols' comment on disabled having sex

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

Swindon councillor Nick Martin has apologised for comments he made about disabled people having sex in which he called them 'mongols'

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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.

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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."

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  • Krampus1  |  April 13 2014, 12:10PM

    He is definitely a tory with an out dated out of touch and a prejudiced intolerance of disabled people, sorry but he should no longer be mayor. I personally would not except an apology he must be sacked.

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  • anitag61  |  April 12 2014, 1:48PM

    He is obviously a bigoted, ignorant moron... how did he get to become a major??? He should be a tory cabinet minister instead!!!

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  • AtosMiracles  |  April 12 2014, 4:26AM

    The half-apology by him isn't nearly enough. A) People with Down Syndrome used to be called 'mongols' but it doesn't take much to know that term has not been acceptable for decades - just as xenophonbic and homophobic terms are not acceptable any more. It's not only using the term but the comments on disabled people having a sex life that is shocking. There is no excuse and the man should be ousted immediately. Swindon now has a grubby reputation thanks to him. A apology will never be enough because the comment itself displays his 1970's attitude, lack of knowledge and empathy.

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  • ykate  |  April 12 2014, 3:16AM

    he should go its disgusting and sorry is no way near good enough he as offended me disgraceful step down

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