Opik loses Montgomeryshire seat

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THE Conservatives ousted Lembit Opik from his Montgomeryshire seat.

In a shock result, the Liberal Democrat lost what was considered a safe seat for the party by just over 1,000 votes – a swing of 13.16 per cent to the Conservatives.

Glyn Davies won with 13,976 votes, a 41.46 per cent share of the vote, to Mr Opik’s 12,792 (a 37.94 per cent share)

Mr Opik said he was ‘disappointed’, admitting the result was unexpected.

He told BBC News: “I’m really quite disappointed I lost.

“I didn’t expect the result and neither did my team.

“It’s a sad time for me,” he added. “On the other side if you stand for politics you have to be willing to contemplate the possibility of defeat.”

Mr Opik, 45, who had been MP for Montgomeryshire since 1997, is a somewhat flamboyant figure known for his love life.

He was previously engaged to Cheeky Girl popstar Gabriela Irimia and had a long-term relationship with weather presenter Sian Lloyd.

In the 2005 election, Mr Opik won with a majority of 7,048.

See full story in the Whitchurch Herald

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