The Liberal Democrats’ unofficial campaign to stop Montgomeryshire MP Lembit Opik from becoming party president appears to have succeeded, it was reported today.
Sources say Mr Opik has secured the support of only six of the Liberal Democrat MPs - less than a tenth of the total.
The view is that Mr Opik’s relationships with the weather forecaster Sian Lloyd and Gabriela Irimia, one half of the Cheeky Girls, have embarrassed the party, not least its leader, Nick Clegg.
One insider described Mr Opik as ‘a joker’.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Shropshire Star says "Stop Lembit" campaign has succeeded
When my favourite newspaper speaks, you have to listen:
Though the Star calls Ros Scott the favourite, the truth is that no one really knows. Lembit certainly has the higher profile, but I suspect the wider Lib Dem membership, like the wider public, now views him more as an irritant than as a lovable, cheeky chappie.
Anyway, we shall soon see.