Short info on Lembit Opik
Today we are going to talk about Lembit Opik, 54-year-old, former British Politician. He served as a member of parliament (MP) representing the the constituency of Montgomeryshire in Wales from 1997 until he lost his seat at the 2010 general election.
Opik, a former leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats stood for the Party's President position in 2004 and 2008 but failed. Besides politics, Opik is also known for his appearances on several television shows. He drew constant media attention for his personal relationship with ITV weather presenter Sian Lloyd and pop star Gabriela Irimia of The Cheeky Girls. So, whom did he marry? Is he single or has been divorced, let's know!
Lembit Opik was born on March 2, 1965, in Bangor, Down, Northern Ireland. His parents were from Estonia, but later they fled to Northern Ireland. His parents Liivi Opik and physicist Dr. Uno Opik raised him alongside sister Urve Opik and brother Endel Tal Opik.
Opik graduated with a degree in Philosophy from University of Bristol. Also, he served as the President of the University of Bristol Union and as a member of the National Executive of the National Union of Students.
Lembit Opik successfully stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate at the 1997 general election. He also served as the Liberal Democrat spokesman on education, Northern Island, Wales, business, and housing. Moreover, he became leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats in 2001 and stood down in 2007. Some of the politicians who are also famous in public attention are Bernie Sanders and James Rubin.
Opik lost his seat in parliament at the 2010 general election. Later in 2012 he joined Leadenhall Consulting, an HR consulting firm and in 2013, he joined MAG as director of communications and public affairs.
Besides, Opik presents regular programs on BBC Radio kent. He has also appeared several times on the BBC current affairs quiz show Have I Got News for You, Questions Time and Any Questions? Apart from tv and journalism, he has collaboratively published a few books.
Lembit Opik constantly gained media attention for his personal relationship and affairs. He has dated a few hot women but currently he is single. Well, Lembit has been engaged twice in the past but both of his engagement were short lived. Let's know what happened in full detail.
Girlfriend, Marriage, Dating, and Children
Lembit Opik was in a relationship with a Welsh television presenter and meteorologist, Sian Lloyd from 2002-2006. For your information, Sian is the United Kingdom's longest-serving female weather reporter, who appeared on ITV Weather for 24 years, from 1990-2014.
Opik and Lloyd engaged in 2004 and lived together at a house they bought in Newtown, Powys. They were due to marry in 2006.The couple also appeared on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? winning $78,582 for charity. Sadly, in December 2006, their relationship fell down.
After breaking up with longtime fiancee, Sian Lloyd, Lembit began dating then 24-years-old, Gabriela Irimia of pop music double-act The Cheeky Girls. The couple announced their engagement in April 2008 after Opik proposed her in Rome. However, the engagement was short lived they separated. Apart from above mentioned affairs, Opik also dated a beautiful student Merily McGivern.
Lembit Opik's Girlfriend fled with their Kid; Know their current status
In July 2015, Opik met Bulgarian property lawyer, Sabina Vankova at a political party. After meeting the couple moved in together six weeks later. Sabina announced the news of her pregnancy in September 2016. They welcomed their first daughter Angelina in June 2017.
However, on November 8, 2017, Vankova dumped Opik publically on Twitter. The main reason for dumping Opik was that he spent a night at reality star Alex Best's house. Shortly, the 33-year, lawyer, Sabina fled back to her home, Bulgaria with their child.
Well, Opik felt distraught after his girlfriend moved back to Bulgaria. In an interview he revealed that he felt depressed worse than a heartbreak. So, what is their present condition? Well, it is a relief for Opik that Vankova has now forgiven him.
It seems that the parents of an adorable daughter, Opik and Vankova wants best for their kid. On July 25, 2019, Sabina shared a sweet picture of the family on Twitter. Let's hope all is good betwen them.
As of 2019, Mr. Lembit Opik has a net worth of $1 million. The primary source of his income was his political career. Well, he served as a member of parliament in Wales from 1997 to 2010.
Further, Opik amassed a decent net worth from extra pay during his MP position. Likewise, he earned additional income from television shows as well.
Opik owns a two bedroomed flat in Lambeth, South London worth around $650,000 as well as a rental property in Newtown, Wales. Apart he also own his two Welsh properties worth about $250,000.
How much does Lembit Opik Earn?
During his tenure as MP, Lembit Opik earned around $82,200 as annual salary. Also, he was paid over $36,000 as the MP's severance pay. Similarly, Opik's earnings included incomes from endowment policy and from celebrity TV shows.
However, in 2017, Opik claimed that he had debt of thousands of dollars and was in the verge of losing his South London home. Around 2011 and 2012 Mr. Opik annual earnings was reported between $15,000-$55,000.