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Kilroy first to leave jungle camp

Robert Kilroy Silk
Mr Kilroy Silk had hoped to be crowned "king of the jungle"

Robert Kilroy-Silk has become the first person to be voted off I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

The former talk-show host and current independent MEP for the East Midlands was ejected from the ITV1 jungle-based show following a public vote.

During his stay, Star Trek actor George Takei said he was a "real villain".

Fellow MEPs in Brussels were furious that he was a contestant at all, saying he should be spending his time representing those who elected him.

As well as earning the contempt of George Takei, Kilroy-Silk also fell out with fellow celebrity Timmy Mallet.

But he showed grit in winning one of the programme's "bush tucker trials" in which he was bombarded by bugs and covered in rats.

People expect their politicians to do a job of work, and you can't do that if you are in the jungle, covered in cockroaches
Labour MEP Glenis Willmott after Kilroy-Silk signed up for the show

His decision to enter the show, filmed in Australia, provoked the wrath of fellow MEPs, who at the time were preparing to discuss issues such as Europe's response to the G20 summit in Washington, reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

When Kilroy-Silk signed up, Labour MEP Glenis Willmott told the BBC: "I think it shows a complete lack of respect for voters.

"We are in serious times and people expect their politicians to do a job of work, and you can't do that if you are in the jungle, covered in cockroaches, eating kangaroos' testicles, and swimming with crocodiles. I think it is an absolute disgrace."

His former party - the UK Independence Party - had suggested he should give his allowances and wages to charity.

But in a statement published when he entered the jungle, Kilroy-Silk said he had not taken a holiday earlier in the year.

It is the eighth series of the ITV show and its producers are promising even more terrifying "bushtucker trials" than before.

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