Robert Kilroy Silk had a bucket of slurry tipped over him last night.
The Eurosceptic MEP was attacked on arriving to appear on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions? at a Manchester school. Some of the slurry also struck the Cabinet Office minister, Ruth Kelly. The MEP said his assailant (over 6ft and white) shouted: "You've offended my religion, I'm doing this in the name of Islam." A school worker apprehended the man.
Mr Kilroy Silk said he told his attacker: "You obviously like shit, have some back." He claimed he had "gently massaged it into his hair and spread it across his face". The man was allowed to go while the MEP changed his clothes.
He said afterward: "This is what happens when people can't deal with free speech."
In January, he stepped down as presenter of Kilroy after being taken off air by BBC bosses for describing Arabs as "suicide bombers, limb-amputators, women repressors".
He was elected East Midlands MEP as a member of the UK Independence party, but has since resigned the party whip. Speaking on Any Questions? he said he hoped to be elected leader before Christmas. A Ukip spokesman later said this would be impossible, because 70 days' notice was required for an election.
Source: The Guardian, December 4th 2004