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'Jungle' MEP angers politicians

Robert Kilroy-Silk
Robert Kilroy-Silk sits as an independent MEP for the East Midlands

The decision by East Midlands MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk to take part in a TV reality show has prompted criticism from rival politicians.

It has been confirmed he is a contestant in this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Other MEPs accused him of abandoning his work in the European Parliament while still being paid.

Mr Kilroy-Silk's spokesman said the MEP had already tabled over a thousand parliamentary questions this year.

Labour MEP Glenis Willmott said: "I understand that he still will be paid and this is taxpayers' money. People in the East Midlands are paying him to do a job of work which he is not doing.

It's just money for old rope, it's an absolute disgrace
Glenis Willmott, MEP

"I also understand that he'll get paid from the television company and I mean it's just money for old rope, it's an absolute disgrace.

"And I'm sure people in the East Midlands will resent the fact that he's doing it."

Conservative MEP Roger Helmer said: "At a time when the parliament is voting on vital measures Kilroy-Silk has decided to abandon it all and head off to Australia.

"The taxpayer is entitled to expect that he should do the job he is paid for."

Mr Kilroy-Silk's spokesman declined to comment on the TV appearance, but said the MEP had tabled 1,200 parliamentary questions this year on a range of issues.

He joined UKIP in May 2004, standing in the Euro-elections as the party's candidate for the East Midlands region.

He later set up his Veritas party and now sits as an independent MEP.



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