A Young Conservative who provoked outrage when he dressed-up as a blood-stained Madeleine McCann for a fancy dress party is back working for the Tories on European policy, it has emerged.
Matthew Lewis had apparently been expelled from the Party in 2009 by officials who were appalled by a series of entries about 'my bad taste party outfit' on his Facebook page.
But a biography next to a photo of a smiling Lewis on the Young Conservative Europe Group website states that he is in his second term as its chairman.
The Law and Politics graduate in fact served only a one-year suspension from the Party and was quietly re-instated last year.
Lewis - then 23 - wrote on his wall he needed pink pyjamas, a blonde wig, a teddy bear and a vile of fake blood to transform into the missing infant for a New Year's Eve party.
He also parodied the ITV programme Stars in Their Eyes by boasting: 'Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be Maddie McCann.'
Another party guest allegedly dressed as Baby P, the toddler who died at the hands of his mother, Tracey Connelly, and her boyfriend, Steven Barker.
A spokesman for the McCanns said at the time they were stunned at the insensitivity and lack of taste shown by the young man and called on him to apologise publicly and in private to them.
Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCanns, said: 'Kate and Gerry were very grateful for the Conservative Party acting swiftly when Mr Lewis was kicked out in 2009.
'Whatever he is doing now is a matter for the party’s hierarchy.'
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