Conservative Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley has announced that he will stand down as a candidate at the next general election.
It was a wonderful surprise to win the seat of Cannock Chase in May 2010 with the biggest swing in the country and it has been a huge privilege to represent the people of Cannock Chase in Parliament over the past four years. I am grateful to all those who voted for me and supported our campaign which led to our famous victory, winning a seat which had been held by Labour for 18 years. In particular I would like to thank my Agent Ian Collard, without whom none of this would have been possible, and who has been my rock of support since being selected as the Conservative Candidate in July 2008.
I am proud to have been able to deliver many positive things for our area since our election success, including spearheading the campaign to save Cannock Chase Hospital from the administrators axe, running four local Jobs Fayres to help get people back into work, and securing £35 million to electrify the Chase Line. That is what really matters to local people in their day to day lives.
After a difficult time I have decided to announce I will stand down at the next general election. I will continue to work for the people of Cannock Chase until that election, and look forward to supporting my successor, as soon as he or she is selected, to ensure that Labour have no chance of re-taking this seat.
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.
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."
Speaking to ITV Central, Aidan Burley said his tweets stemmed from watching the opening ceremony and seeing "things like the CND symbol being lit up for 20 minutes".
At that point, he says, "I started to question why this kind of left-wing politics was creeping in to the opening ceremony."
He adds that with the "constraint" of a 2,0000-year history to document, "it seems a bit strange that he [Danny Boyle] would have such a big focus on rap music...it seemed like there were some trite attempts to focus on some modern parts of our multiculturalism."
He also said: "I think it is sad that towards the end we had Shami Chakrabarti from the left-wing campaigning organisation Liberty carrying the flag."