The Conservative MP exposed for attending a Nazi-themed stag party accepted funding from the Israeli government for a £1,500 trip including a visit to the nation’s Holocaust memorial museum.
The funding from the Conservative Friends of Israel and the Israeli Ministry of foreign affairs was in relation to a trip Aidan Burley took to Israel over the summer, which the Record of Members’ Financial Interests records as a “fact-finding political delegation to Israel and the West Bank”.
On his website, the Cannock Chase MP gushed:
“Most movingly of all we visited Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum, which was an emotional and heartrending experience seeing the exhibits and hearing the stories of the Jews during the Second World War.”
So moved was Burley, that this month he laughed and joked as he sat alongside his friend dressed as an SS officer, while another toasted “the ideology and thought processes of the Third Reich”.
As Jewish Chronicle political editor Martin Bright quipped earlier, Aidan Burley and his friends seem to have embraced a different version of the European superstate.