Publicity hungry philanderer Lembit Opik is to participate in a wrestling match outside Parliament. The spindly-limbed former MP will take on a champion heavyweight wrestler in a bid to highlight the case of a controversial “kill or be killed” self-defence guru who has been banned from the UK by the Home Office. Opik has already organised […]

Those not reading the Guardian over the weekend may be unaware that housing minister and Eric Pickles sidekick Grant Shapps fancies himself as a hip hop MC — even performing a rendition of Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight for interviewer Simon Hattenstone: What’s his speciality? “Rapper’s Delight.” Well let’s hear it then? He looks at his minder, uncertainly. “Well this […]

Everyone’s favourite Segway riding electoral failure, Lembit Opik is hoping to combine his campaign to become Mayor of London with the other passion in his life – stand up comedy. Opik, whose debut comedy performance was awarded a charitable two stars by the Guardian,  is to appear at Islington’s George Orwell Inn tonight, presenting an […]

With the mainstream media picking up our story on the curious absence of Nick Clegg on Liberal Democrat election literature, Scrapbook’s attention has now been drawn to a leaflet which neglects to mention the party at all until the sixth page. In what may set a new political record for the fewest mentions of party affiliation in […]

A weak voting record on expenses has become the latest ammunition in the Liberal Democrat establishment’s bid to stop Lembit Opik securing the party’s nomination for London Mayor. Claims made by the “flamboyant” former MP included a £2,500 plasma TV screen — but he also voted against tightening up expenses rules. In a blog backing Assembly member […]

Lechourous Daily Sport columnist and aspirant London Mayor Lembit Opik is back with a new campaign video, casting the former MP as the star of the BBC comedy series Citizen Smith. As The Indy’s diary column observes wryly, Wikipedia’s description of the series has relevance to Opik beyond comedy: Citizen Smith starred Robert Lindsay as “Wolfie” Smith, a […]