'Foolish' British MP probed over Nazi bachelor party
A British Conservative MP who attended a stag party in France where guests dressed like Nazis was sacked today as a parliamentary aide and placed under investigation by Prime Minister David Cameron over his "offensive and foolish" behaviour.world Updated: Dec 18, 2011 14:41 IST
A British Conservative MP who attended a stag party in France where guests dressed like Nazis was sacked on Sunday as a parliamentary aide and placed under investigation by Prime Minister David Cameron over his "offensive and foolish" behaviour.
Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley was pictured in the Mail on Sunday last week with a man dressed as a Nazi SS officer at a stag party in France.
Burley, 32, said subsequently he "deeply regretted" what had happened.
But the Conservative Party said the MP was being removed from his post as parliamentary secretary to Transport secretary Justine Greening and it was launching a fuller investigation "in light of information received".
A Conservative Party spokesman said: "Aidan Burley has behaved in a manner which is offensive and foolish.
"That is why he is being removed from his post as parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Transport. In light of information received the prime minister has asked for a fuller investigation into the matter to be set up and to report to him," the BBC quoted the spokesman as saying.
After the Mail on Sunday's original article last week, Burley said he was sorry for any offence caused and tweeted an apology.
"There was clearly inappropriate behaviour by some of the other guests and I deeply regret that this happened. I am extremely sorry for any offence that will undoubtedly have been caused," he said.
Burley also wrote to the Jewish Chronicle, offering an "unreserved, wholehearted and fulsome apology".
He said that he wished he had left the stag party earlier.
"What was happening was wrong and I should have completely dissociated myself from it. I had a choice, and I made the wrong choice not to leave. I apologise for this error of judgment."
First Published: Dec 18, 2011 14:40 IST