South Shields result was 'appalling' says Lembit Opik

Former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik described the South Shields result as "appalling" and demanded a "credible explanation from Nick Clegg regarding the recovery strategy".

The Lib Dems secured just 352 votes.

Mr Opik lost his Montgomeryshire seat in 2010.

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.@davidlhennigan fair point but let's be honest: appalling result. Veteran members deserve to know how this electoral crisis will be fixed

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South Shields by-election gave 1.4% for Lib Dems. I ask for a credible explanation from Nick Clegg regarding the recovery strategy.

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