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|Lib Dems Spokesperson for Housing|
20 December 2007 – 24 September 2008
|Preceded by||Paul Holmes|
|Succeeded by||Sarah Teather|
|Lib Dems Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform|
4 July 2007 – 20 December 2007
|Preceded by||Susan Kramer|
|Succeeded by||Sarah Teather|
|Lib Dems Spokesperson for Wales and Lib Dems Spokesperson for Northern Ireland|
15 May 2003 – 4 July 2007
|Succeeded by||Alistair Carmichael
(Lib Dems Spokesperson for Northern Ireland)
(Lib Dem Spokesperson for Wales)
|Member of Parliament
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Alex Carlile|
|Succeeded by||Glyn Davies|
2 March 1965 |
Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Welsh Liberal Democrats|
|Domestic partner||Gabriela Irimia (2006–2008)|
|Alma mater||University of Bristol|
Lembit Öpik (pron.: / /, Estonian pronunciation: [ˈlembit ˈøpˑik]; born 2 March 1965) is a British politician. A member of the Liberal Democrats, he served as a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Montgomeryshire in Wales from 1997 until he lost his seat at the 2010 general election. He was the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 2001 to 2007.
Öpik stood unsuccessfully for the position of President of the party in 2004 and 2008. He was also unsuccessful in a bid to become the Liberal Democrats' nominee for Mayor of London in the 2012 mayoral election.
Beyond his political work, Öpik has also been in the public eye through his appearances on several television shows, and as a result of his high-profile personal relationships with ITV weather presenter Siân Lloyd and with pop star Gabriela Irimia of the Cheeky Girls, which drew considerable media attention.
Early life 
Öpik's parents were from Estonia, but after its occupation by the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, they fled to Northern Ireland. Öpik was born in Bangor, County Down, the elder son of Liivi Öpik (née Vedo) and physicist Dr Uno Öpik (19 October 1926 – 6 May 2005), and grew up there with sister Urve Öpik (born 1960, a psychotherapist) and brother Endel "Tal" Öpik (12 April 1968 – 21 November 2005, a musician). His grandfather was Ernst Julius Öpik, an Estonian astronomer who worked at Armagh Observatory.
Öpik was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution before going on to the University of Bristol, where he completed a degree in philosophy. He served as the President of the University of Bristol Union (1985–86), and as a member of the National Executive of the National Union of Students (1987–88).
In 1988 Öpik joined Procter & Gamble in Newcastle upon Tyne as a brand assistant. In 1991 he became Corporate Training and Organisation Development Manager, and was promoted to be Global Human Resources Training Manager in 1996. Öpik was elected to the Liberal Democrats' Federal Executive Committee in 1991.
Öpik stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for Newcastle upon Tyne Central in the 1992 general election, and for Northumbria in the 1994 European Parliament elections. He was elected as a councillor on Newcastle City Council in 1992.
Member of Parliament 
At the 1997 general election, the Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire, Alex Carlile, retired. Öpik retained the seat at the 2001 general election and at the 2005 general election, increasing his share of the vote by 3.5% in 2001 and by a further 1.8% in 2005, giving him a majority of 7,173 over the Conservative Party. He lost his seat to the Conservative Party's Glyn Davies following a 13.2% swing to the Conservatives in Montgomeryshire at the 2010 general election.
Öpik served as the Liberal Democrat spokesman on education (1997), Northern Ireland (1997–2007), Wales (2001–07), business (2007), and housing (2007–08).
During the 2001–05 Parliament, Öpik was a member of the Agriculture Select Committee in the House of Commons. He was the joint chair of the Middle Way Group, a cross-party parliamentary group which supported the regulation, rather than the banning, of fox hunting.
Welsh party leadership 
Campaigns for party presidency 
In September 2004, Öpik stood for the position of President of the Liberal Democrats, but was defeated by Simon Hughes. (The party president chairs a number of party committees and also represents the party at official functions.)
In 2008, a campaign amongst grassroots party members backing him as a successor to Hughes, under the slogan "I Pick Öpik", emerged at the party's 2008 spring conference in Liverpool. On 24 September, Öpik announced that he was standing down as the party's housing spokesman to concentrate on a campaign for party president. However, in the party ballot in November, Öpik was defeated by Baroness Scott of Needham Market by 20,736 votes to 6,247.
Support for party leadership candidates 
In 1999, he was one of only two of the party's 46 MPs to back the abortive leadership campaign of Don Foster. Foster abandoned his campaign before nominations even closed, and backed Charles Kennedy, the eventual winner, instead.
During the 2006 leadership contest, Öpik was initially a strong supporter of Kennedy, who then stood down. Öpik subsequently became campaign manager for Mark Oaten. However, Oaten quickly withdrew from the contest, having failed to attract enough support from within the parliamentary party; his only backers were Öpik and Baroness Ludford.
2010 and beyond 
Öpik lost his seat in parliament at the 2010 general election when he was defeated in his constituency of Montgomeryshire by Glyn Davies of the Conservative Party by 13,976 votes to 12,792. This represented a swing of 12.5% against Öpik and a swing of 13.8% in favour of the Conservative Party in the constituency.
Öpik put himself forward to be the Liberal Democrats' nominee for Mayor of London in the 2012 mayoral election, however he was knocked out in the first round of the party's selection ballot, coming fourth with 252 votes.
Öpik was a candidate for the Liberal Democrats' Federal Executive committee in 2012, but was not elected.
Öpik also expressed an interest in becoming the Liberal Democrats' candidate for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria in 2012. However he was ruled ineligible because he did not have a residence in the region.
Late in 2012 he joined Leadenhall Consulting, an HR consulting firm specialising in the insurance and financial sectors, as an Associate Director responsible for developing training. On joining the firm, Opik explained that training is his "first love".
Public appearances 
Öpik has appeared several times on the BBC satirical current affairs quiz show Have I Got News for You (including an appearance on the day after he lost his Parliamentary seat), as well as Question Time and Any Questions. Away from politics he has also appeared on Stand Up for the Week, Al Murray's Happy Hour, All Star Mr and Mrs, Loose Women, Bargain Hunt Famous Finds, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Come Dine With Me and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! He became the second person to be eliminated after finding himself in the bottom two with fellow contestant Linford Christie. Öpik has shown great promise in his cameo role as jockey in the popular Fulham Panto, helping to raise money for the charity Help For Heroes. He briefly appeared in one episode of Celebrity Juice in 2011.
Öpik has also gained media attention for his part in a music video by unsigned band The Good Suns. The video, directed by DEERHEAD, featured the politician dancing and miming lyrics to their debut song "Pop Wound".
In March 2012, Lembit Öpik began collaborating with rock band Adam and the ASBOs on their action/adventure, sci-fi film Adam and the ASBOs: The Movie. In April and May 2012, he made appearances in a professional wrestling promotion, appearing from the audience to confront wrestler Kade Callous for cheating; Öpik was in turn challenged to appear in a later tag team match, which ended with Öpik “black and blue”.
Parliamentary scandals 
Öpik has criticised the tabloid press for portraying politicians as "liars and opportunists" in their coverage of scandals. He wrote a column in the (now defunct) Daily Sport newspaper earning him up to £5,000 a year.
Expenses row and criticism 
In May 2009 The Daily Telegraph published details of Öpik's parliamentary expenses claims. It showed that in 2008–2009 Öpik claimed £23,083 in second home allowances out of public funds, including various items of furniture and a £40 summons charge for non-payment of Council Tax.
Öpik told the Telegraph "I am willing to pay back the £40" but did not offer to repay anything else. The Telegraph also outlined a rejected expense claim Öpik attempted to make for £2,499 for a plasma screen television, after which he bought a TV costing £750.
Published work 
On 5 March 2012, Öpik released his first collaborative work with Edward Joyce, The Alternative View, a book discussing the future of the Liberal Democrats in the UK, including a call for current party leader Nick Clegg to step down as Leader of The Liberal Democrats, but to remain Deputy Prime Minister in the Coalition Government. The book's cover pays tribute to The Orange Book, although Öpik himself has often been considered a member of the left wing of the party.
Personal life and charity work 
On 13 April 1998 Öpik came close to death in a near fatal paragliding accident. He fell 80 feet (24 m) onto a Welsh mountain in his constituency, and broke his back in twelve places, as well as his ribs, sternum and jaw. This experience caused him to take a keen interest in the Spinal Injuries Association, of which he is a member. Despite the accident, he continues with his interest in aviation. He talked about the accident to the July 2010 edition of Flaps Podcast, where he recounted his accident and its aftermath. He has since become a glider pilot at the Midland Gliding Club in Shropshire. He holds a pilot's licence and spoke for British Gliding in the House of Commons. Öpik also rides motorcycles and is a member of the Motorcycle Action Group.
He participated in a celebrity edition of The Apprentice in order to raise money for charity. Sport Relief Does The Apprentice was part of Sport Relief, the Comic Relief/BBC charity initiative that aired on 12 and 14 March 2008. In 2006 he became President of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, following his father's death from the disease the previous year.
He and ITV weather presenter Siân Lloyd appeared on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on 15 April 2006, winning £64,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Action for Children. The couple came close to marrying, but she ended the relationship in October 2006 and made unflattering comments about Öpik in her autobiography, A Funny Kind of Love. In particular, she cited "women and alcohol" as two things which undermined their relationship, detailing Öpik's "rowdy, drunken behaviour" and claiming that he would drink two bottles of wine in an evening. Lloyd said that, after heavy drinking throughout the week, he claimed his ability to avoid drinking for 24 hours every Sunday "proved he didn't have a problem" with alcohol; but "the reality was he often drank shots in the minutes leading up to midnight on Saturday, and would then uncork a bottle of wine come midnight on Sunday." Lloyd described "wanting to save him from the demons that are fuelled by alcohol" and tiring of finding texts to other women signed "Puppy Dog", and said that she gradually noticed "more and more nights when he didn't come home. Leaving parties were his default excuse. But just how many times would a woman called 'Emma' be leaving his office?" According to Lynn Barber, the author's "main purpose seems to have been demolishing love-rat Lembit".
Öpik later become involved with then-24-year-old Gabriela Irimia of pop music double-act The Cheeky Girls. He announced his engagement to her in a popular magazine, after proposing in Rome. They split up in July 2008 after a "difficult period" in the relationship.
With Hilary Bird and Ulvi Mustmaa, he is the author of the Xenophobe's Guide to the Estonians, published by Oval Books in June 2010.
Öpik is also one of eight celebrities chosen to participate in an intense week learning Welsh in an eco-friendly chic campsite in Pembrokeshire in the series cariad@iaith:love4language shown on S4C in July 2011.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Lembit Öpik|
- Official website
- Lembit Opik MP profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
- Lembit Öpik MP profile at the site of Welsh Liberal Democrats
- Times Online Student Section: Lembit Opik Interview with Lembit Opik
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Lembit Opik MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Lembit Öpik MP
- The Public Whip – Lembit Öpik voting record
- BBC News – Politics: Lembit Opik profile 10 February 2005
- Evening Standard (London); "Lembit and his Very Cheeky Family"
- Guardian article on election 27 April 2010
- www.politics.co.uk: Opik urges tactical voting against Liberal Dems
- Flaps Podcast, July 2010
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats