Pressure is now mounting on political loser Robert Kilroy Silk to relinquish his seat in the European Parliament, after he walked out on a political party for the third time in his career.
Kilroy who resigned as leader of the Veritas party on Friday following increasing speculation of a leadership challenge, has now been thrown down another challenge by four fellow MEPs who represent the east midlands region.
In a joint statement, UKIP's Derek Clark, the Conservatives Roger Helmer and Chris Heaton-Harris and Labour's Philip Whitehead said they believed Mr Kilroy-Silk's constituents were being "short changed".
Kilroy, MEP for the East Midlands, hasn’t made an appearance in Brussels since April, instead remaining in the UK to focus his efforts on the ailing Veritas party. He refuses to sit on any Parliamentary committees, despite not hesitating to pick up his Parliamentary allowance of a cool 65,000 pounds a year.
"We ... deplore this situation ... We therefore call for his immediate resignation," they said.
It has also emerged that Damian Hockney, a Veritias member of the London assembly and another defector from UKIP, has also resigned as deputy leader of Veritas, but said he would be remaining on the assembly.
Source: The Guardian