Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Revealed: Kilroy's [Pounds Sterling]1.2m Loss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Revealed: Kilroy's [Pounds Sterling]1.2m Loss

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Byline: BEN LEAPMAN

ROBERT KILROY-SILK was famous as the controversial daytime television presenter loved by housewives.

Now he has achieved a political triumph as the unlikely standard-bearer of the UK Independence Party.

But what most people do not know about him is the financial pain he suffered when the BBC axed his show this year.

Accounts lodged with Companies House, seen by the Evening Standard, show that the decision cost him and his wife Jan [pounds sterling]1.2 million a year in lost earnings.

The money was paid in " presenters and consultancy fees" channelled through his production company, Kilroy Television Company, which shut last month with the loss of 65 jobs.

The earnings were invaluable in supporting the couple's lifestyle.

Their home near Amersham, Buckinghamshire, built for one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting, is worth at least [pounds sterling]3 million and a 100-acre estate at Casares, near Marbella on the Costa del Sol, is worth an estimated [pounds sterling]2 million.

Besides staff to pay, there are the deer to feed, three aviaries to maintain and the collection of oriental pheasants, which Kilroy-Silk breeds. And for years the former Labour MP paid [pounds sterling]750 a month in maintenance to art teacher Hilary Beauchamp, the mother of his love child Danny, now 19. His marriage survived the affair.

Against his considerable outgoings he now has a Euro MP's salary of [pounds sterling]57,485, free travel and extensive perks. Many of his colleagues in Brussels use the [pounds sterling]100,000 staff allowance to hire relatives.

But his sudden re-emergence onto the political scene has transformed his earning potential in other ways.

He is writing a book, which he maintains is not an autobiography.

Experts say it could be worth [pounds sterling]200,000 - at least 10 times its value had he not been elected.

John Blake, publisher of model Jordan's autobiography, said: "The timing is terrific. He is clearly a popular figure among ordinary folk and he has a lot to talk about."

Kilroy-Silk's fee as an after-dinner speaker is also set to rise. …

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