A RISING star of the Tory party apologised today for attending a stag do at which one man wore a Nazi SS uniform and another toasted the Third Reich.
Aidan Burley MP took to Twitter to convey his “deep regret” at the “inappropriate behaviour” at last weekend’s bash.
Some of the Cannock Chase MP’s friends chanted “Hitler, Hitler, Hitler” according to reports.
And another taunted a waiter for being French as the group partied away in the French ski resort of Val Thorens, The Mail On Sunday reported.
The shamed MP was filmed at a restaurant sitting next to another guest dressed in a black SS uniform and cap.Snapped … Oxford graduate, Mark Fournier in a Nazi style SS uniform talks to MP Aidan Burley (dark jumper)
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Embarrassed by his association to the incident, Mr Burley, 32, tweeted: “Deeply regret inappropriate behaviour by some guests at stag party I attended and I am extremely sorry for any offence that was caused.”
But there were calls for Prime Minister David Cameron to sack the MP from his Government post as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Transport Secretary Justine Greening.
Mr Burley sipped wine as one member of the party poked fun at a French waiter, asking him: “You are from Germany? No, you must be from Austria, then? Are you insulting his Reich?”
The MP was seen raising his glass in Restaurant La Fondue before one man reportedly declared: “Let’s raise a toast to Tom for organising the stag do, and if we’re perfectly honest, to the ideology and thought process of the Third Reich.”
The man in the uniform at one stage revealed why he was dressed as he was, saying: “We wanted to see how a Nazi outfit in the middle of France would go down. The answer is not that well at all.”
A second man was heard to say they were “trying to intimidate as many people as possible”.Filmed … video still showing Canncok Chase MP Aiden Burley on an Oxford graduates ski-ing trip in Val Thorens, France.
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Mr Burley was only elected to his Staffordshire seat last year but John Woodcock MP, chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group, said his time was up.
He said: “The suggestion that any MP would go to an event like this is disturbing. If these allegations are true, David Cameron should sack him.”
At a British-themed pub, some of those with Mr Burley were heard chanting “Mein Fuhrer!” and “Himmler!” on December 3 in reference to Heinrich Himmler, the senior SS officer who participated in the Holocaust.I’m sorry … Aidan Burley’s Twitter apology
Wearing a Nazi uniform is a criminal offence in France.
A French police spokesman was quoted as saying: “Anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi crimes are taken extremely seriously in France.
“Anyone suspected of breaking the law in this respect can and will be prosecuted.”