UKIP have once again resisted EU attempts to secure human rights for its citizens by opposing the creation of a Fundamental Rights Agency. The proposal to establish the EU body to monitor human rights violations within Member States followed an alarming recrudescence of xenophobia, racism and homophobia, predominantly in Eastern Europe.
The Independence and Democracy group in the European Parliament, to which UKIP belong, tabled the amendment to reject the establishment of the agency and voted in favour, along with like-minded contemporaries Roger Helmer, Ashley Mote, Belgian Vlaams Belang chair Frank Vanhecke and French National Front MEPs Jean-Marie and Marine Le Pen. Former UKIP MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk, now a non-attached member, opted for an abstention.
Even more shocking than his voting record was Mr Kilroy-Silk's actual attendance in a Brussels plenary.