Labour councillor on Holocaust education trip that Aidan Burley joined

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

The teacher whose pupils complained that Conservative MP Aidan Burley was "disrespectful" during a talk by a Holocaust survivor is also a Labour councilor.

Dr Suzannah Reeves has been named as the staff member who identified Mr Burley as the MP who joined the pupils at a talk by an Auschwitz survivor in Poland.

Dr Reeves is a Labour councillor for Old Moat in Manchester, as well as being a history and politics teacher at Oldham Sixth Form College.

According to Politics Home, she was one of the people in charge of the group that Mr Burley joined for the talk earlier this week.

Mr Burley, the MP for Cannock Chase, was on a privately organised trip with Dr James Smith of the Beth Shalom Holocaust centre.

Last year he was sacked as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Transport Secretary Justine Greening, after being filmed at a "Nazi-themed" stag party, where guest donned SS uniform and toasted the Third Reich.

Dr Reeves' pupils sparked controversy over the visit after tweeting that the Mp was "texting and dozing" during the talk. A Conservative Party friend of Mr Burley has denied that he was dozing but admitted that he may have checked his phone during the talk.

Dr Reeves has been in the news this week because she is chair of governors at Parrs Wood High School, which was due to host an event organised by a charity linked to Hamas.

Last updated: 10:42am, February 10 2012