Tory MP's regret over Nazi-themed stag party in France

A Conservative MP who organised a Nazi-themed stag party in France in 2011 has apologised once again for the incident, after an internal party inquiry found that he was "stupid and offensive" but not racist.

Conservative MP regrets Nazi-themed party incident

A Conservative MP who organised a Nazi-themed stag party in France in 2011 has apologised once again for the incident, after an internal party inquiry found that he was "stupid and offensive" but not racist.

"A number of people agreed on what the fancy dress should be and I was tasked with buying it.

"I regret the incident and I hope now we can put it behind us. I apologised then and I apologise again now for my role in it," Mr Burley told the Wolverhampton Express and Star.

Conservative MP Aidan Burley, who organised a Nazi-themed stag party in France was 'stupid and offensive'. Credit: PA Wire

Asked about the circumstances in which he bought the Nazi costume, the MP said: "The outfit was bought legally in London by me as best man and I take responsibility for that.

"We did not know that wearing a fancy dress outfit would be illegal in France.

"It was done in the spirit of mocking the Nazis. There was no malicious intent, no ideological motive, no desire to offend people. And that was borne out by the investigation by the French authorities."

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Inquiry: Tory MP should have made objections clear

The Conservatives' internal inquiry into MP Aidan Burley said that despite accepting that he left the dinner in protest at one guest raising a Nazi-themed toast, he failed to make it "explicitly clear" that he objected.

"Given the standards expected of a Member of Parliament, he should have done so."

After the incident was made public in 2011, the Conservative MP Aidan Burley wrote a letter to the Jewish Chronicle in which he claimed he "wished I left as soon as I had realised what was happening."

On reflection, I wish I had left as soon as I had realised what was happening. 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.

– Aidan Burley to the Jewish Chronicle

Tory inquiry says MP was 'stupid' but not racist over Nazi-themed stag do

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Man at stag do organised by MP is fined for SS uniform

The Conservatives' report on MP Aidan Burley was published after the conclusion of French legal proceedings against the groom at the "offensive" stag party.

Mark Fournier, for whom Mr Burley acted as best man, was fined 1,500 euros (about £1,200) for wearing an SS uniform and insignia, which is outlawed in France.

A court in Albertville also ordered the 33-year-old to pay 1,000 euros (about £820) to an organisation representing the families of Holocaust victims.

Neither Mr Burley nor any of the other 10 guests at the party were prosecuted.

Tory report says MP was 'stupid' but not racist over Nazi-themed stag do

Tory inquiry: MP Aidan Burley 'purchased Nazi costume'

The report confirmed that "as best man, Mr Burley purchased the costume alongside the flights and other costs associated with the trip on behalf of the other attendees.

"Mr Burley argued strongly that the choice of costume was inspired by the British comic association with aspects of the war," it said.

"He categorically denies that there was any political motivation whatsoever.

"He argued that the purchase and wearing of the Nazi costume is legal in the UK and that he was unaware that wearing the costume could be an offence in France.

"He regrets the offence caused by the wearing of the costume."

Tory report says MP was 'stupid' but not racist over Nazi-themed stag do

Tories: MP who organised Nazi-themed stag do 'stupid'

A Tory MP who organised a Nazi-themed stag party in France has been branded "stupid and offensive" by an internal inquiry by the party.

Prime Minister David Cameron with Aidan Burley in 2007
Prime Minister David Cameron with Aidan Burley in 2007 Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA pool

Aidan Burley was sacked as a ministerial aide in 2011 after the groom was pictured wearing an SS uniform in the Alpine ski resort of Val Thoren.

The inquiry has now been made public by the Conservatives after French legal proceedings were concluded.

The party's report found that while "Mr Burley is not a bad man, still less a racist or anti-Semite", his actions were "unacceptable and offensive".