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I'M NO FANTASIST.. ASK THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION EXCLUSIVE; EXCLUSIVE AXED TORY'S NEW STORIES Military imposter pins blame on jealous rivals.

Byline: JAMES MONCUR j.moncur@dailyrecord.co.uk

A TORY candidate exposed as a serial fantasist yesterday claimed the French Foreign Legion would back up his stories.

In a rambling email he claimed was sent from his holiday home in Switzerland, Robert Kerr-Ardis insisted he had been set up by jealous rivals.

Ardis, who lives in a high-rise council flat in Falkirk with his aunt, was deputy chairman of the Falkirk Tories until he was exposed at a posh function in Edinburgh last month.

He arrived at the do wearing full military mess dress with a rack of medals and allegedly told other guests he was a former colonel in the Irish Guards.

Party members also revealed Ardis, who gave his age as 28 on his CV, had variously claimed to be an earl, baron, viscount and member of MI5.

We reported yesterday that Tory bosses kicked him out after an internal investigation.

But in an email to the Record, littered with spelling and grammar errors, he denied claiming to be a colonel - and bizarrely suggested that we phone the French Foreign Legion to check his service record.

He wrote: "I advise you to apply to Caserne Colonel de Chabriere, Nimes, France, and try to find a legionnaire there."

He also wrote: "I never knowingly said that I am a full colonel of HM Armed Forces, and never posed as such.

"I acquired the uniform in question with the knowledge of the officials at the Ministry of Defence and was delivered to me by the BFPO. Service and campaign medals, four of them in total, I wore. I earned them and it has been given."

Ardis also insisted he had not been thrown out of the Falkirk party but had resigned after falling victim to jealous people who misused social media to steal his photos and details.

He wrote: "Clad with that and a peace of paper that can be produced by anyone anywhere, they have set out to besmirch my good name."

Irish Guards regimental adjutant Colonel Tim Purdon said: "He's not one of ours. You have to feel sorry for characters like this."

They are jealous and have set out to besmirch my good name KERR-ARDIS

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BUSTED Ardis in the uniform which ended his political ambitions

EXPOSED The Record's story yesterday
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