Tory MP Aidan Burley in 'Nazi stag night' at French ski resort
MP for Cannock Chase apologises after photos show him looking on as friend in Nazi uniform gives salute
A TORY MP was a guest at a stag night earlier this month where the groom-to-be was dressed in a Nazi uniform complete with swastika armband. Aidan Burley, the member for Cannock Chase, has apologised but one Labour MP has called on David Cameron to sack him.
Photographs of the party show 34-year-old accountant Mark Fournier giving a Nazi salute on the steps of a restaurant wearing a black SS uniform. In one shot, he adjusts his peaked hat while Burley looks on.
The photographs appear in the Mail on Sunday which had a reporter at the La Fondue restaurant in the Val Thorens ski resort in France where the men ate.
Fournier’s older brother, John, is recorded as saying: "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." Burley, seated next to Mark Fournier, does not raise his glass.
Later, in a British-themed pub, some of the men – though not all – were heard to chant: "Mein Fuhrer!", "Himmler!" and "Eichmann!" in mock-German accents. John Fournier then said of Burley: "This man is a Tory MP… He was the candidate for Berlin East."
Asked about the uniform, one member of the party said: "We are trying to intimidate as many people as possible. A lot have been quite offended, especially one guy who was both Jewish and gay."
The newspaper notes that it is illegal under French law to wear any uniform associated with the Third Reich.
Burley apologised last night, saying: "There was clearly inappropriate behaviour by some of the other guests and I deeply regret that this happened. I am extremely sorry for any offence that will undoubtedly have been caused."
John Woodcock MP, chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group, 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."