Lembit Opik

Avoiding Armageddon

Lembit Opik | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Tech
Lembit Opik

Back in the day when I was an MP, I warned the House of Commons that the chances of an impact by a 'Near Earth Object' - more commonly known as a comet or asteroid - are 100%. Worse still, I claimed the chance of an incoming object large enough to wipe out most, or all, of the human race is also 100%. It's just a matter of 'when.' People laughed, a lot. They thought that this was one wacky campaign too many. One paper showed a picture of me with the title MP to blame for the end of the world. But I knew my ground, as my grandfather, Ernst Öpik, was one of the world's leading astronomers on this subject.

The Central Question for Brent Central

Lembit Opik | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lembit Opik

Nick Clegg's not a terrible person. Even though his people made personalised anonymous briefings against me, and though he broke a commitment he made at the time of his leadership election, I forgive him. What's harder to forgive is his bloody-minded determination to stay in charge even though just about every performance indicator available shows that under his leadership the party has gone backwards. Remember when he said his goal was to double the number of Lib Dem MPs? I do. Instead, he's already presided over the second biggest numerical decline in Lib Dem MPs since 1945.

The Political Publicity Stunts Time Will Forget

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Politics

Being a politician requires a very carefully managed public image. Time needs to be taken to be seen in the right places at the right time. Unfo...

We Are Not Alone

Lembit Opik | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Tech
Lembit Opik

With the closure of the Ministry of Defence desk specifically dealing with claimed alien encounters in the UK, we now have no formal department to analyse - or respond to - any potentially legitimate claim. In other words, if E.T. phones home, all he'll get is 'number unobtainable.' But how likely is a call from E.T. in the first place? Well, let me put it this way: I'm not a conspiracy theorist but I do believe in aliens. I also believe in interstellar spaceships and life on other planets. Is this rational? Far from being outlandish, this is the only logical conclusion to draw about the universe and our place in it.

Sian Lloyd Says Dating Lembit Opik Was 'Tedious'

PA | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Entertainment

Sian Lloyd has said dating Lembit Opik was "tedious" but it helped her to recognise a prince among frogs. The ITV weather girl dated the former Lib...

PICTURES: Now That's What We Call House Music!

PA | Posted 07.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

Fatboy Slim has become the first DJ to "play" the Houses of Parliament. The legendary turntablist was right here, right now at the Mother of all Pa...

Tory Chief Whip Suspends Nadine Dorries

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Politics

Nadine Dorries has been suspended from the Conservative Party after it emerged she was planning to be absent from Westminster to appear on ITV's I'm a...

Can Nadine Beat George's Best Bits? (VIDEO, PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | David Hobbs | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Politics

So Nadine Dorries is heading to the jungle with a couple of cheeky Geordies for a spot of Bushtucker trialling. It seems a bit excessive to get away f...

Dorries Faces 'Sack Her' Calls Over TV Show

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Politics

A 'tropical' storm is gathering over Tory MP Nadine Dorries' decision to suspend her parliamentary duties and head off to Australia for up to a month ...

Lib Dem Party Conference - "Why Aren't They Screaming?"

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Now admittedly, this was my first party conference but as the train wheezed into Brighton station and I peered through my rain-spattered window at the black clouds being tossed about the seaside sky, I remember thinking what an apposite congregation of vapours it was to herald a Lib Dem conference at this particular moment in time.

Lembit Opik Stars As 'The Emperor Of The Galaxy'

Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Politics

Planet Earth is jeopardy. Only one band of awesome rebels with no respect for the rules can save humanity. Adam and The ASBOs, starring Lembit Opik as...

WATCH: Lembit Opik Stretchered Out Of Wrestling Ring By Paramedics

Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Politics

Lembit Opik had to be stretchered out of a wrestling ring by paramedics on Saturday after a bruising encounter with a professional fighter. The for...

Political Quiz Of The Week: 'Omnishambles' Edition

Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Politics

Now MPs are back in parliament, Westminster is abuzz once more. We've seen new Respect MP George Galloway being sworn in, the first PMQs since the...

: Lembit Opik Dragged Into Wrestling Ring (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics

After his election defeat, it seems Lembit Opik has not lost his appetite for a political fight. Over the weekend, the former Welsh Lib Dem MP sho...

Nick Clegg Told To Quit Before Next Election By Ex-MP

Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg will not be able to lead the Liberal Democrats into the next general election, one of his most high profile former MPs has said. "There'...

Lembit Opik Gets Down With The Kids

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Politics

Former MP Lembit Opik has appeared in a music video for The Good Suns. Dressed in a suit, Opik mouths the words to the band’s latest offering ...

Top 5: Political and Celebrity Partnerships

Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics

Mayor of London Boris Johnson teamed up with pop star and ‘television personality’ Peter Andre to launch a new literacy and library at Shepherd’...

Oh no, Bercow

Rupert Myers | Posted 05.10.2011 | UK
Rupert Myers

Of late Sally Bercow has been attempting a backwards Lembit Opik: whilst the path from politician to media personality is a well-trodden one, it seems harder to perform the reverse.