Call for Burley to clarify when he left Nazi stag party

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A Labour MP has written to Transport Secretary Justine Greening asking why an MP at the centre of a Nazi-themed stag night scandal offered two contradictory explanations for his behaviour.

In a letter to the JC, Aidan Burley, Conservative MP for Cannock Chase and parliamentary private secretary to Ms Greening, apologised for his participation in a party where one guest donned SS uniform and others toasted Hitler. He said he wished he "had left [the Val Thorens party] as soon as [he] realised what was happening".

But Dudley North Labour MP Ian Austin, whose constituency is near Mr Burley's, said he had been given a different explanation by the Transport Secretary.

He wrote to Ms Greening saying Mr Burley's comment was "the opposite of the explanation you gave me, which was that he had left when this disgraceful behaviour occurred".

Noting that the activities of Mr Burley's guests were "likely to be illegal in France", Mr Austin said he "would be very grateful" if Ms Greening could provide an explanation for "these varying accounts".

"lnstead of brushing this outrageous behaviour under the carpet and hoping the scandal dies down, the Conservative Party should be investigating it properly," he added. "Mr Burley should be sacked."

In his letter to the JC , Mr Burley said he wanted to make an unreserved, wholehearted and fulsome apology. "There was clearly inappropriate behaviour by several of the other guests and I deeply regret that this happened," he said.

Last updated: 3:14pm, December 15 2011