Liberal Democrat Lembit Opik loses Montgomeryshire
Published: 7th May 2010 03:47:00
Lembit Opik, one of the most colourful characters in UK politics, has lost his seat in the Commons.
The Liberal Democrat was beaten by the Conservatives in the mid Wales constituency of Montgomeryshire.
Mr Opik, a chat show regular who became well known for dating one of the Cheeky Girls singers, was defeated by former Welsh Assembly Member Glyn Davies.
In an emotional speech after the announcement, he said it was "personally very disappointing".
Speaking to BBC Wales after his defeat, said he left the seat with a spiritual faith which he had recently developed.
"I leave this job with a faith - a very strong spiritual faith which I have developed quite recently and thanks to many people in the constituency - but also a faith in people and human nature, and finally a faith in the liberalism which got me into politics in the first place, which I have sought to represent as best I can in this constituency and which continues unabated as the strong, deep liberal strain which characterises Montgomeryshire."
"I cannot really analyse it just after the announcement, but I have been surprised," he added
Mr Opik, who had been an MP since 1997, said: "Credit to my opponent - he won fair and square. If you stand in elections you have to be willing to accept defeat as well as victory and this was my time.
"Perhaps it was my brand of politics which people weren't to keen on. Perhaps it was a big surge to the Conservatives."
Asked whether he thought his high profile in the media had been a factor in the result, he said: "If the whole thing was a referendum on me, well, we will work that out."
He said he was "really sad" to be leaving parliament.
Mr Opik, aged 45, dated the Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia, and before her the ITV weather presenter Sian Lloyd. He was also a regular guest on shows such as Have I Got News For You.
Asked if he could envisage a further role in politics in the future, he said it was "above my pay grade" to be giving Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg suggestions but added that he was open to offers.
He added: "In the words of Arnie Schwarzenegger, 'I'll be back'."
Mr Opik also thanked people in his constituency who he said had a faith in human nature and also a faith in the principles of liberalism.
The ex-MP thanked his former constituents for their patience "at those times when I have been difficult to deal with".
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