|Member of Parliament
for Cannock Chase
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Tony Wright|
22 January 1979 |
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
|Alma mater||St John's College, Oxford|
He was educated at West House School, Birmingham, King Edward's School, Edgbaston, standing as a Conservative in 1997 in the schools mock election. He then studied theology at St John's College, Oxford where he was the President of the famous dining society, The King Charles Club. An officer of Oxford University Conservative Association, due to an incident he was asked to leave St John's College accommodation for the rest of his studies, lodging in private accommodation.
Burley was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee from 2010 to 2011. Between 12 January 2011 and 17 December 2011 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Transport, first Philip Hammond and later Justine Greening. He is a supporter of the Free Enterprise Group.
On 11 December 2011 it was reported by The Mail on Sunday that he had attended a stag party at the French ski resort of Val Thorens which involved Nazi salutes and 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 subsequently released a statement through the Conservative Campaign Headquarters, 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."
On 17 December 2011 the Prime Minister, David Cameron, sacked Burley from his role as PPS after new claims emerged that it was he who had hired the Nazi costume. Previously, he had sought to blame 'other guests' for the worst of the behaviour. On 22 December, French prosecuting authorities announced they had started a preliminary inquiry into the event.
"...leftie multicultural crap. Bring back Red Arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones."
He went on to suggest that it was
"the most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a Communist state." 
Burley later attempted to clarify his remarks, tweeting:
"Seems my tweet has been misunderstood. I was talking about the way it was handled in the show, not multiculturalism itself."
Criticism both on Twitter and elsewhere followed the publication of the Tweet, with former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott replying: "That opening ceremony made me proud to be British. Your tweet made me angry that you are too." Fellow Conservative MP Gavin Barwell also expressed indignation, writing that "us Londoners are rather proud of the diversity of our city," and noting that there was "nothing left-wing about it." On 30 July, Prime Minister David Cameron commented that ""what (Burley) said was completely wrong ... an idiotic thing to say".
Burley later commented that "parts of [the opening ceremony] were overtly political, like showing CND signs", and in reference to Dizzee Rascal's live performance of "Bonkers" Burley questioned why there was, in his view, a "huge, disproportionate focus on rap music when it is a small part of multiculturalism".
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- Glen Owen and George Arbuthnott (18 December 2011). "Cameron sacks 'foolish' MP who joined 'Hitler, Hitler, Hitler' stag party...as it is revealed that he was the one who hired groom's Nazi uniform". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
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- Aidan Burley
- Free Enterprise Group
- Matt Sandy (11 December 2011). "Tory MP pays bill as Oxford-educated louts toasted Third Reich and chanted 'Hitler, Hitler, Hitler'". Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- "MP Aidan Burley sorry for guests' stag party behaviour". BBC News. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- "Aidan Burley Nazi stag photos: French police inquiry". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-12-22. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
- "Online outrage after Tory MP's 'leftie Opening Ceremony' tweets". ITV News. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- "Aidan Burley says 'leftie multi-cultural' tweet misunderstood". BBC News. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
- "'Leftie multicultural c***': MP brands Olympic Opening Ceremony a failure as a staggering 26.9million UK viewers tune in to watch". Dailymail.co.uk. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
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- "David Cameron attacks 'idiotic' criticism from Aidan Burley MP". BBC News. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- Lucy Manning: Political Correspondent (2012-07-28). "Tory MP Aidan Burley not backing down on 'leftie' ceremony accusation – ITV News". Itv.com. Retrieved 2012-08-26.
- Aidan Burley MP official website
- Aidan Burley MP Conservative Party profile
- Commons Hansard contributions 2010–11
- Aidan Burley profile at New Statesman Your democracy
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Official channel at YouTube
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