[email protected]… Lembit Opik: This much I know

Yesterday’s Observer feature – the revealing ‘This much I know’ – featured ubiquitous Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik. Here’s a couple of excerpts:

The press has created for me a persona as a wacky guy who goes out with beautiful women, and there were times in my life when I would have paid for that image. But it really annoys me when people ring up and say: “What are you doing going out with so and so?” I could be banging [Plaid Cymru MP] Adam Price and it wouldn’t affect my ability to do my job.

I joined the Liberal Democrats when they had 3% support in the opinion polls, with a statistical variation of plus or minus 4%. It wasn’t a career move, more an act of faith.

My constituents Des and Doreen James’s daughter Cheryl died in Deepcut army barracks in 1995. They were immediately told it was suicide. I believe she, and others, were murdered and there has been a cover-up at the barracks and within the authorities. They claimed they lost the bullet that killed Cheryl – how can you lose the evidence at the centre of the forensic investigation? These things just beggar belief.

I’m one of 10 or 15 MPs who are well known – and it’s a privilege. I’m a slightly shy person, and it breaks the ice with people. People are like a battery to me: they give me energy.

You can read the interview in full HERE.

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7 Comments

  • In the actual Observer article, I think Lembit is wrong on the expenses scandal, and tends to underplay the damage it has done. He may be surprised by opinion in his own constituency.

  • Oh well,let him enjoy his last 10 months in the limelight.

  • He’s wrong about Dylan being an excellent guitar player. Very wrong… he’s a decent (at best!) acoustic player and a TERRIBLE electric guitar player. A genius nonetheless!

    Lembit annoys me a fair amount, mainly because it’s a little frustrating that he is probably the most recognisable Lib Dem MP. I met someone the other day who told me we as a party are a joke as Lembit is our leader… he was shocked to hear he is not.

    Despite this, Lembit seems to me to be a nice guy with his heart in the right place. When talking serious politics, he usually comes across well… and that’s the main thing.

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