A councillor who called for the legalisation of euthanasia to cut the number of children in care is being pressured to resign.
Tory Hugh Jackson made the remark during a council meeting about the number of vulnerable youngsters being looked after by the local authority.
Now calls are being made for him to resign after he suggested euthanasia as a solution during the meeting of North Tyneside Council’s finance sub committee.
He was responding to information that 43 youngsters in North Tyneside are cared for in other local authority areas, putting a financial strain on the council to the tune of £3.4 million a year.
Mr Jackson, who represents Monkseaton North ward, said today he regretted making the comment but refused to resign.
He added: “It was misplaced humour, one of those things I wish I had not said…
“We were discussing some of the expensive bits of the budget and one of those is children looked after out of the borough.
“I said have we looked at other policies and said something along the lines of ‘have we thought about euthanasia?'”
North Tyneside’s Labour Mayor, John Harrison, today called for him to resign.
He said: “It is disturbing that Councillor Jackson felt he could make this type of disgraceful comment.
“His solution to the issue about looked-after children with complex needs shows a complete lack of humanity.
“Councillor Jackson may have apologised but I believe he should take an honourable course of action and resign now.
“If he refuses to do the decent thing and go then it is up to his party to sack him.”
But Mr Jackson said: “I’m not going to resign, I think it’s out of order to say I should.”
It comes just one day after a Tory councillor [John Ward] resigned after suggesting parents on benefits should be sterilised.
Comments from DailyMail.co.uk:
Either this despicable man should resign or he should be fired and those who defend his comments should also be dismissed with him.
The Nazi policy which led to genocide began with involuntary euthanasia of the sick, the elderly and the young who were disabled. Hitler also supported abortion.
These all part of what is known as ‘the culture of death’.
– Brian Gregory, Choppington