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 Mike Tuffrey for the ticket, Lib Dem Voice co-editor Mark Pack claims Opik has been “nearly invisible” to members in London before going on to attack his pedigree on financial transparency:
In 2009 he was the only Lib Dem MP to vote against a measure to tighten up MPs’ expenses (requiring receipts for all expense claims), the only one to vote to keep the second homes allowance for outer London MPs and was also one of only four to oppose a tightening of the rules on declaring outside interests.
In contrast, Scrapbook would relish the prospect of any contest with the dual buffoonery of both Boris and Lembit.
The blog posts would virtually write themselves.