Aidan Burley — the Tory MP notorious for attending a Nazi-themed stag party in the French Alps — is in trouble again. Reporting that Tory MPs have been banned from an all-expenses-paid junket to Sri Lanka this week, the Telegraph suggests that Burley is one of 14 MPs that the human rights-abusing regime boasts are prepared back it in parliament. One Tory MP tells the paper he has been offered “whatever he wants”, including luxury holidays.
In one of the three interventions that Burley has made on Sri Lanka he challenges an MP’s human rights criticisms on the basis that she had not been to the country on free junkets, like he had:
“She has mentioned lots of second-hand evidence in her speech so far, but when did she last visit Sri Lanka and see for herself—at first hand—some of the things that she is alleging are happening there?”
Incidentally, one of the things that “allegedly happened there” is Burley proposing to his girlfriend, Cannock Chase councillor Jodie Jones (above inset). No mention of the happy news in the Register of Members’ Interests, where the trip was described:
“To meet Government Ministers, Opposition MPs, business figures and the Sri Lankan High Commission in advance of the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference (CHOGM) later this year.”
We’re glad Burley took some time out from his romantic holiday to actually do some work.
Tory chairman Grant Shapps is ramping up the pressure on Labour to publish its internal report into the Falkirk selection:
“Following Police Scotland’s announcement that they will not be undertaking a criminal investigation into the Falkirk selection scandal, there is now no legal impediment to the publication of the Labour Party’s internal report.”
Scrapbook wonders whether Shapps’ interest in hitherto unpublished reports extends to his own office’s findings over a Nazi-themed stag do attended by Tory MP Aidan Burley. The probe into the scandal – which saw chants of “Hitler! Hitler! Hitler!” as Burley and pals descended on a French village – has been gathering dust in a CCHQ filing cabinet for nearly eighteen months.
When asked by Scrapbook in February 2012, CCHQ said the report would be published that month:
“It’ll be this month, February, but we can’t say exactly when exactly.”
By December, however, they had become decidedly lukewarm on the issue, stonewalling letters from Labour’s Iain Austin and telling the Jewish Chronicle that publication would have to wait until a probe by the French police had concluded:
“There will come a point once that is done when we will release it in some form … Until we hear the investigation is wrapped up the party won’t be saying anything further.”
To help the process along, Scrapbook has emailed the French rozzers to check that their probe has concluded.
Conservative HQ are stonewalling enquiries about their report into a Nazi-themed stag do attended by Aidan Burley. The Cannock chase MP flew to France with pals for a party which saw chants of “Hitler! Hitler! Hitler!” — where the groom-to-be wore an SS uniform reportedly hired by Burley.
According to the Jewish Chronicle, CCHQ have received several communications from Labour MP Ian Austin on the issue but haven’t bothered to reply. As Scrapbook previously disclosed, the report was due to be completed way back in February.
Poignantly, Burley is facing a challenge from a Labour candidate whose Polish mother fled the Nazis in World War II — seeing her two baby brothers die along the way.
David Cameron has slammed Aidan Burley as “idiotic” over his disgusting comments on the Olympic opening ceremony. And as though the message to his leading backbench embarrassment wasn’t clear, the prime minister then invoked his notorious quip that “too many tweets make a twat”:
“I think what he said was completely wrong. It was an idiotic thing to say … I did once say something about people who use Twitter, particularly politicians, and I think in this case I was absolutely spot on.”
And in further bad news for Burley, LabourList today revealed that the opposition plan to select their candidate early in order to capitalise on his Nazi-partying, boorish behaviour.
Supposedly a safe Labour seat, the Tories seized Cannock Chase on one of the biggest swings of the 2010 general election — leading many to question the scrutiny process for Burley’s selection.
Scrapbook plans to register with the Electoral Commission as a “third party” campaigning organisation. Burley can count on seeing our handiwork in spring 2015.
Scrapbook wonders how Aidan Burley’s complaint that the London 2012 opening ceremony was “multi-cultural crap” will be received by the Pakistani Olympic delegation — whose only medal hope, the hockey team, stayed in Burley’s Cannock constituency while preparing for the games.
His remarks are particularly embarrassing given that the opening ceremony specifically highlighted immigration from Commonwealth countries such as Pakistan. Scrapbook can exclusively reveal that the team stayed at the Ramada hotel in Cannock — just two minutes away from Aidan Burley’s office.
A statement from Cannock Hockey Club said:
“Following extensive efforts by Staffordshire County Council and Cannock Hockey Club to attract a top tier team to the world-class facilities, the Pakistan Hockey Federation selected the Hockey Club … as its training base to fine tune their preparations for the summer games.”
But as we all know, skiing is more Aidan Burley’s sort of thing.
Nazi-partying Tory MP Aidan Burley is in deep trouble for describing the Olympic opening ceremony as “multi-cultural crap”. Are these scenes — featuring multi-ethnic family life, Empire Windrush immigrants from Jamaica and a kiss betweeen a black man and mixed-race woman — what he found so offensive?
Number 10 are already distancing themselves from his comments.
Aidan Burley — the Tory MP who attended a Nazi-themed stag party in the French Alps — has taken to Twitter to describe this evening’s Olympic opening ceremony as “multi-cultural crap”. The event, the brainchild of film director Danny Boyle, featured a tribute to the NHS and an extended sequence based around a multi-ethnic British family.
Burley is currently getting his arse handed to him on Twitter.
It seems Nazi-partying MP Aidan Burley has taken to lecturing others on how to behave. In the wake of an incident in which Lords reform rebels were ordered off the parliamentary estate by whips for fear that another Tory “might do an Eric Joyce” and fight them, Burley opined:
“We have a problem … the late-night, boozing, alcoholic culture of this place. That is something that is made worse by having to wait around until ten o’clock to vote … It is also at lunchtimes, they say.”
Perhaps he should have a word with his girlfriend, Cannock Chase councillor Jodie Jones. Having split with ex-Sky TV presenter Helen Boyle — just months after shamelessly press-releasing their engagement to the media, replete with cheesy picture and cringe-worthy headline – Burley has finally come clean over his relationship with “Britain’s sexiest councillor”, who also works in his office.
Cllr Jones previously piqued the interest of the Daily Mail, after the paper got their hands on pictures of her sprawled in the street with a bottle of wine in each hand.
With rumours that scandal-prone Burley will not be defending his marginal seat in 2015, perhaps Jones would fit in well on the parliamentary terrace.