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22 December 2011

The end for Aidan Burley?

Tory MP reportedly under investigation by French police after attending Nazi-themed stag party.

By George Eaton

Aidan Burley’s woes continue to grow. The Tory MP, who was sacked as PPS to Transport Secretary Justine Greening after attending an allegedly Nazi-themed stag party, is now reported to be under investigation by French police after an official complaint from anti-racism organisation SOS Racism.

Prosecutors have told Sky News that all of those involved in the Nazi stag night will be questioned, including Burley.

SS uniforms such as the one allegedly hired by Burley for his friend Mark Fournier are illegal in France. Whether or not one agrees with such illiberal laws (a free society should not dictate what its members wear), it’s hard to see how he can retain the whip if investigated.

In a statement, he said: “I have not been contacted by the French authorities and I have repeatedly apologised for what was clearly inappropriate behaviour which caused offence to others”

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