Tories urged to release Aidan Burley stag party report a year on

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The Conservative Party is being urged to release a much-delayed report into the conduct of MP Aidan Burley on an allegedly Nazi-themed stag party, a year after the trip occurred.

The Cannock Chase MP was sacked as a Parliamentary Private Secretary last December after it emerged that a guest wore SS uniform at the ski-resort party in Val Thorens. There were also claims that other guests toasted SS leaders.

At the time, after Mr Burley expressed regret, the Prime Minister asked for a fuller investigation of the matter in Britain, a summary of which the Conservative Party promised would be published by the end of February 2012.

But a spokesman for the party said this week that any findings would not be made public until the French prosecutors completed their investigation.

"There will come a point once that is done when we will release it in some form," he said. "Until we hear the investigation is wrapped up the party won't be saying anything further."

Janos Toth, who was selected in September as Labour's candidate to take on Mr Burley at the next general election, called on Mr Cameron to keep his promise. "We need this drawn to a conclusion and the sooner the better," said Mr Toth, whose mother fled Poland during the Second World War to escape the Nazis and watched her two baby brothers die along the way. He said Mr Burley's behaviour was deemed unacceptable across the whole constituency, regardless of party affiliation. "I don't find it funny at all - there's a certain level and it's below the level of what is acceptable."

Dudley North MP Ian Austin, whose constituency is near Mr Burley's, said he had written to the Conservatives raising the issue on several occasions over the last few months but had not received any reply.

"To be honest, I think it is a disgrace," he said. "They seem perfectly happy to tolerate someone in their midst who was in the involved in this."

"This was not a student prank," he added. "I don't know how people like David Cameron and Grant Shapps cannot think this is a really serious issue."

Last updated: 11:31am, December 11 2012