Tory MP sacked over Nazi Row

Aidan Burley, Nazi row Tory, to quit as MP

MP for Cannock Chase was sacked as parliamentary private secretary after attending stag party in France where one guest wore a replica SS uniform

James Kirkup By James Kirkup9:54PM GMT 05 Feb 2014

A Conservative MP at the centre of a row over a Nazi-themed stag party has announced he is leaving Parliament.
Aidan Burley, 35, will stand down as MP for Cannock Chase at the general election next year.

In 2011, Mr Burley was sacked as a parliamentary private secretary after it was revealed he attended a stag party in France where one guest wore a replica SS uniform and others drank toasts to senior figures in the Nazi regime.

The groom, Mark Fournier, was fined €1,500 (£1,250) by a French court for wearing an SS uniform and insignia supplied by the MP.

An internal Conservative Party inquiry last month found Mr Burley was “stupid and offensive” to have organised the party.

It was reported last month that Mr Burley’s evidence to that investigation has been challenged by witnesses to the dinner. The MP has suggested that he left the dinner in disgust over the Nazi chants.

In a statement announcing his decision, Mr Burley made no explicit reference to the Nazi row, referring only to having had “a difficult time”. Grant Shapps, the Conservative chairman, praised the departing MP.

He said: “Aidan has a strong record in his constituency from securing the future of Cannock Chase Hospital, to setting up local job fairs and getting hundreds of people back to work. He has served his constituents with dedication and commitment. I wish him the best of luck with whatever he does next.”

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