Posts Tagged “lembit opik”

After Lembit: Lib Dems in Montgomeryshire select Jane “Fresh Start” Dodds to win back former liberal stronghold

by Stephen Tall on July 27, 2013

The parliamentary constituency of Montgomeryshire had been a Liberal stronghold since 1880, bar four years in Margaret Thatcher’s first term. The seat of former Liberal leader Clem Davies was, however, lost by 1,184 votes to the Tories in 2010 after a massive 13% swing against three-term MP Lembit Opik. Returning Montgomeryshire to the Liberal fold […]

In other news… Lib Dems close no libraries, Paddick pledges 360,000 homes, & Newby is new Lords whip

by Stephen Tall on April 29, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past few days… Tim Farron: No library closed under Lib Dem leadership (LibDems.org.uk) Last year, more than 40 libraries were closed by Conservative and Labour councils. In stark contrast, for the second year in a row, no Liberal Democrat-controlled council […]

LDVideo: So you want to watch 6mins 23secs of Lembit Öpik in a wrestling ring? You got it…

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2012

This weekend Jonathan Calder brought us the news that Lembit Öpik had contrived an appearance in a wrestling ring at Welshpool Town Hall. Distressingly, video footage has now been unleashed: (Available on YouTube here.) Ironically, today’s the day another Lembit story has appeared — that the former Montgomeryshire MP has thrown his hat into the […]

In other news… Vince, Telegraph inaccuracy, Lembit, Eastleigh, Boundary Commission, site news

by Stephen Tall on March 11, 2012

Here’s a round-up of stories we haven’t had time to cover on the site this past week… Vince Cable on that leaked letter to No. 10 (and other matters (The Guardian) “We’re no longer arguing about fiscal policy – monetary policy’s now taking on most of the heavy lifting anyway,” he says as he notes […]

Update on the latest twists and turns in the contest to become the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London

by Stephen Tall on July 23, 2011

It’s been a fascinating — and characteristicaly bizarre — last 48 hours in the contest to become the Lib Dems’ London mayoral candidate. There was the first hustings, reported here on LDV by Simon McGrath, which attracted comments from Brian Paddick, and some robust thoughts from Lembit Opik’s campaign manager Ed Joyce. Further controversy was […]

Mike Tuffrey the choice of members for Lib Dem London mayoral candidate: LDV survey

by Stephen Tall on May 7, 2011

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of various political issues, the Coalition, and the performance of key party figures. Over 500 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results. Tuffrey set to beat Opik for London mayoral nomination LDV asked: It’s thought that […]

LDV survey: who Lib Dem members want to be the party’s candidate for Mayor of London

by Stephen Tall on September 22, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of the early race for the party presidency, the London mayoral selection, Trident, and the Labour leadership. Over 400 party members have responded, and we’re currently publishing the full results. LDV asked: The following names have been suggested as possible […]

What Lib Dems are saying (or not) about Andy Coulson

by Stephen Tall on September 6, 2010

The official Lib Dem line on Andy Coulson, David Cameron’s director of communications, could not have been clearer prior to the election: this Voice headline from July 2009 gives the flavour – Huhne on Coulson: “either complicit or incompetent”. Yet the party leadership has been noticeably more reticent to comment on the most recent allegations, […]

Lembit wins MPs’ expenses appeal, is now owed £40

by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2010

Last week it was Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne has won his appeal against repaying £18,000 of expenses. Now fellow Lib Dem Lembit Opik has also had his appeal against repaying hundreds of pounds in parliamentary expenses allowed by Sir Paul Kennedy, the judge brought in to arbitrate on disputed claims. The BBC reports:
Montgomeryshire MP […]

Lib Dem MPs split on Euro referendum?

by Stephen Tall on January 21, 2010

Almost two years ago, in the early weeks of Nick Clegg’s leadership, the Lib Dem parliamentary party managed to tie itself in knots over the question of whether to support a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. In the end three frontbenchers, David Heath, Tim Farron and Alistair Carmichael, quit after defying the party’s three-line whip […]