ROBERT KILROY-SILK MEP East Midlands Region
After 17 years of debating with the public on his morning chat show, you could argue that Robert Kilroy-Silk never really left politics.
His election as an MEP in the East Midlands takes the silver-haired 61-year-old back to the career he left to become a household name. Born in Birmingham, Mr Kilroy-Silk was educated at the London School of Economics and worked as a university lecturer before becoming a Labour MP.
He represented Ormskirk in Lancashire from 1974. He later left claiming the local Labour party had been overtaken by the Militant Tendency. He opted for safe Labour seat Knowsley North following the 1983 boundary review and served on Labour's frontbench as a home affairs spokesman. But three years later he quit to host the BBC's Kilroy show.
Mr Kilroy-Silk has insisted he has no regrets about abandoning the serious work of politics.
He once said the BBC expected him to do Newsnight or Question Time, but that he found Kilroy "more interesting and it paid more".
It was a career that saw him brush with controversy on more than one occasion, most famously in his Sunday Express column describing Arabs as "suicide bombers, limb-amputators, women repressors".
While he insisted he was a right to express his views and claimed to have widespread public support, the comments saw his show axed and him leave the BBC. The row was not the first time the TV host has been accused of racism or xenophobia. He has attracted criticism for comments about asylum seekers and Irish people.
The presenter's show fell foul of TV watchdogs. In 1998 it was rapped by the Broadcasting Standards Commission for a scene in which a guest exposed himself on live TV.
The BBC said the programme team had been "taken by surprise" by the incident, which prompted five complaints from viewers. Nevertheless the corporation apologised to the BSC over the incident.
In another run-in with the BSC, Mr Kilroy-Silk said the BSC's £2m budget would be better spent on the NHS. This time, he was responding to criticism of the Kilroy show, which the BSC had branded "victim entertainment". The presenter, who hosted the show for 17 years, said the organisation's budget could be spent on "630 hip operations or 345 heart bypass operations".
He denounced the BSC's attitude as "patronising" to his guests.
Married with two children, Mr Kilroy-Silk's personal life has also hit the headlines at times.
In 1990 his son Dominic was sent to Ford open prison for 10 months after pleading guilty to a £350,000 mortgage fraud.
And five years later it was reported he had a secret love child conceived when he was an MP.
But his return to the political fray again shows he has no desire for a quiet life. He even declared: "I don't do humble."
He says he will consider taking over the UKIP leadership and standing to be an MP in Westminster. His election campaign saw him quoted as saying he would spend little time at the European Parliament if elected. If he does attend, he is unlikely to hold back when voicing his Eurosceptic beliefs, promising to get Britain "back from Brussels".
But has Robert said anything about tackling council corruption yet?
Not as far as we know. Should he not be promising voters that he will put a halt to the extraordinary waste of ratepayers money brought on by corrupt planning officers. We estimate this waste to be in the order of £10 million per council. That adds up to a tidy sum. Enough to bail out just about every other shortage in public funding.
Nelson Kruschandl says : "It's Time for Change"
Why do you think politicians need to resort to stealth taxes?
Road Tax. This tax was introduced to pay for road building, yet only
about 5% actually goes to build roads. The rest is diverted to
support other high spend areas, such as protecting crooked planning
We need honest taxes for honest purposes? We need an efficient government and an efficient local government. We do not need dishonest local officials milking the system for their own purposes. Building empires. We need affordable housing, decent schools, and sensibly priced services. At the moment council tax is crippling most folk. Not to mention the fact is is a grossly unfair tax aimed only at people who are sitting targets.
Can the Robert Kilroy-Silk take control of corruption?
We doubt it. But at least he starts with a clean plate and he's a better chance than either Labour or Conservative, simply because he is fresh to the challenge and keen to prove his mettle. Unfortunately, it is unlikely sufficient voters have the nerve to give Robert a chance.
Let's be honest though, if you were to vote in anyone other than the main parties, they couldn't do any worse. Neither the Conservatives or New Labour have tackled white collar crime at local council level. Both of these parties allow local council's to run riot with your money - allow council officers to deceive councillors and torture the public by refusing to answer reasonable questions, then threatening citizens with legal action, even where these same planning officers know developments are permitted, and is some cases hounding members of the public to bankruptcy, at huge expense to the ratepayer - See Staffordshire County Council and Brian Goodacre as prime examples.
When Lord Nolan looked into the situation he saw what we are showing you on this website. But as soon as the awful truth emerged via a recommendation for new criminal statute to tackle malicious use of public funds and personal vendettas, both Conservative and New Labour hastily put the brakes on. Cowards.
Again, as soon as the Human Rights Act looked set to give the common man a chance to challenge such immoral use of public money, they changed the rules regarding Legal Aid funding, making it almost impossible to obtain representation.
Robert Kilroy-Silk's views about foreigners
the anti-arab rant that lost him his BBC job, Private Eye performed a
useful service by listing some of the racist nonsense Mr Kilroy-Silk has
written in his Daily Express column. The following examples of his views
about foreigners (and some fellow-Britons) are taken from that article. I
am grateful to Private Eye for permission to quote from it.