Stag party MP Aidan Burley to stand for Conservatives again in 2015

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2013
Burley campaigning in 2010 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Burley campaigning in 2010 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A Conservative MP who attended a stag party probed by French police for alleged Nazi-themed antics will stand for the party in the 2015 election.

Aidan Burley, who was elected to serve Cannock Chase in 2010, has been reselected to fight the seat once again.

He has been chosen despite the failure of the Conservative Party to release a promised report into his participation in the event, which took place at the Val Thorens ski-resort in late 2011.

A guest at the stag event was photographed wearing SS uniform, while there were also claims that attendees toasted SS leaders.

Mr Burley was reselected at a Cannock Chase Conservative Association meeting this week, after which association chairman Phil Jones said that the "overwhelming feeling" was that "since 2010 he has set a new standard as a constituency MP".

He has a majority of 3,195, but is placed at number 50 on the Labour Party's target list for 2015.

"Much has been achieved in the last three years, but there are always more challenges to face," said Mr Burley after being chosen. "I hope that I will able to continue facing them for the people of Cannock Chase through to 2020 and beyond".

His Labour opponent for the seat, Janos Tooth - whose mother fled Poland during the Second World War to escape the Nazis - has urged David Cameron to keep his pledge on the report and draw the issue to a conclusion.

Last updated: 4:37pm, February 13 2013