`Foolish` British MP sacked over Nazi stag party

MP Aidan Burley was pictured in the Mail last week with a man dressed as a Nazi SS officer at a stag party in France.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2011, 14:37 PM IST

London: 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."

PTI