Anti-trade union Tory MP could have done with trade union rep to defend himself against employer


Aidan Burley MP

Aidan Burley – the chairman of the Trade Union Reform Campaign seeking to remove facility time for reps – has been sacked by David Cameron after it emerged he hired the Nazi costume his friend wore at a stag party.

The ambitious right wing Tory MP for Cannock Chase could have done with a trade union rep to defend him against allegations made by the Mail on Sunday that he attended the Nazi-themed party at a ski resort in the French Alps.

In a desperate attempt to save his political career, Burley had apologised for “any offence caused” by his friends dressing up in SS costumes, performing Nazi salutes in a restaurant, calling each other “Himmler” “Eichmann” and “Mein Fuhrer”.

He also said he “deeply regretted the inappropriate behaviour” of his friends,  wrote a long letter of apology to the Jewish Chronicle in which he said “What was happening was wrong and I should have completely dissociated myself from it. I had a choice, and I made the wrong choice not to leave. I apologise for this error of judgment”, and planned a trip to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in the new year.

However, all his grovelling came to nothing when the Mail on Sunday today revealed Burley had actually paid for the hire of the SS officer’s costume worn at the party.

A Conservative Party spokesman said: “Aidan Burley has behaved in a manner which is offensive and foolish. That is why he is being removed from his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Transport. In light of information received the Prime Minister has asked for a fuller investigation into the matter to be set up and to report to him.”

UnionNews last week ran a story investigating Burley’s position as chairman of the unelected and unaccountable Trade Union Reform Campaign (TURC). While welcoming his demise, we notice calls from trade unionists for him to resign fell on deaf ears, while David Cameron sacked him just 48 hours after Martin Bright in the Jewish Chronicle called for him to go.


TURC has ignored questions from UnionNews about who elected Burley to his position and who funds the campaign.

Burley submitted an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for an end to facility time, yet it has so far attracted just 11 signatures.


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