In a revelation set to puncture his hopes of political rehabilitation, Nazi-partying Aidan Burley MP has admitted to using his mobile phone while he was supposed to be listening to a holocaust survivor in Auchwitz.
UPDATE: It will shortly be raised in the House of Commons, Scrapbook understands.
UPDATE 2: Labour MP Ian Austin raised the matter at the House Business Statement, asking:
Is it not about time to get to bottom of [Burley's] involvement in a party where people shouted “Nazi Nazi Nazi” and toasted the Third Reich?
Sir George Young, leader of the House of Commons answered that it was a party, not a government, matter and that it would be inappropriate for him to answer. Paul Waugh, of PoliticsHome, has reported an account from one of Burley’s friends defending him against accusations of falling asleep and trying to portray him as the victim.
UPDATE 3: Aidan Burley was reportedly desperate to make a point of order regarding Ian Austin’s question, but was stopped from doing so by the Tory whips. In addition, the Mirror‘s James Lyons has tweeted that Burley’s “friend” is blaming the whole thing on the teacher who was “‘undoubtledly’ a Labour Party member”- a pretty weak line of defence.
Even Burley’s attempts at sponging his reputation make matters worse.