Thursday, March 10

Kilroy is so wrong says battling Blair

Tony Blair has opened up a war of words with ex-chat show host and Erewash candidate Robert Kilroy-Silk - claiming he is exploiting residents' problems for his own ends.

During an interview in Downing Street, the Prime Minister told the Evening Post that Kilroy, as he was known on TV, was handing out a "false prescription" to the British people.

It is the first time Mr Blair has talked personally about Mr Kilroy-Silk, who is hoping to become an MP in Erewash, representing his new Veritas party, which means truth in Latin.

Mr Kilroy-Silk is already a Euro-MP, winning his seat last June when he represented the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He left the party after a failed attempt to become leader.

His new party is strongly anti-European Union and has called for tougher controls on immigration.

He is attempting to unseat Blair loyalist Liz Blackman (majority 6,932).

Mr Blair attacked Mr Kilroy-Silk saying: "I don't agree with him, shock-horror. He's standing in Erewash, isn't he? I think he does not represent a sensible way forward for the country.

"I think in the end, people will want to vote for a strong economy, extra investment in our public services, and not what in the end is a... Look, he (Kilroy) talks about cynicism.

"But just to use whatever disaffection there is with the political process to give people a completely false prescription - it's not going to work. He's not going to do it. It's not good for the country."Mr Blair added: "To withdraw from the European Union is contrary to the interests of the economy and therefore the prosperity of the British people.

"And I think it's quite wrong to use the immigration argument in respect of Europe. Agree or disagree about immigration policy, it's not actually decided by Europe."

His outburst opened up another front in the war of words.

Last night, Mr Kilroy-Silk said: "Clearly, the Prime Minister should not even be aware of my existence. If he was confident about his politics and policies, he would not even be aware of me.

"Clearly he is in panic-mode, and he is in panic-mode because we are in touch with the people of Britain. They want politicians who tell the truth. Tony knows that, and that is why he is panicking.

"Mr Kilroy-Silk said Britain had to leave the EU to have any control over its own borders. "Both he and Michael Howard are lying to us when they pretend they can control asylum without leaving the EU because a huge number of migrant workers come from the EU."

Source: This is Nottingham, Wednesday 9 March 2005

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