The dazzlingly handsome, cocktail-drinking, spinach mousse-eating James Lundie

It has never been possible for anyone to talk about James Lundie without mentioning his appearance. He is traditionally, universally rated as the Most Handsome Liberal Democrat – not a wide field, but still an achievement – and one veteran female journalist once referred to him as "dazzlingly handsome, nay, gorgeous". The journalist Lynn Barber did at least add, enigmatically, that Mr Lundie was also "very knowledgeable about sharks".

However, in a career that has spanned 14 years split perfectly between politics and political lobbying, Mr Lundie – Jamie to his friends, "Junders" to followers of his Twitter output – has demonstrated repeatedly that he is far more than a pretty face. He began his parliamentary career in 1996, as an adviser and speechwriter for Paddy Ashdown during his final three years as leader of the Lib Dems, where he first met the then leader's ferociously intelligent policy director, David Laws.

Mr Lundie survived the shake-up when Lord Ashdown moved up to the House of Lords, remaining in the leader's office, firstly as a senior researcher to Charles Kennedy and then, after 2001, becoming his deputy press secretary. Mr Laws entered Parliament in 2001, after inheriting Lord Ashdown's Yeovil seat, and subsequently moved into Mr Lundie's home in Kennington.

Two years later, Mr Lundie left the Lib Dems' parliamentary operation after being offered a job with lobbyists Edelman Public Affairs. He has since risen to the position of director, overseeing accounts in areas including financial services, transport and charities. It is clearly tough work, as revealed by a guilty tweet from Junders on 5 November last year: "How many chocolate bars constitutes too many when you're pulling a late one at the office? Four is OK right?"

His Twitter feed, which amounts to nine tweets ending with the news that Junders was falling in love with cheese again, on 19 March, reveals something of a social life that Mr Laws says they do not share. Mr Lundie, for example, confesses to a love for the trendy restaurant Andrew Edmunds, in Soho, and reveals that he "spent the night drinking French 75 [cocktails] and eating spinach mousse with lovely friends. Yummy".

But Mr Laws and Mr Lundie clearly share a political obsession. Before the election, while Mr Laws was spearheading his party's push for a share in Government, his partner was writing a commentary on the Lib Dem campaign for the Edelman website. It was remarkably prescient.

"The Liberal Democrats genuinely want this coalition to work," Mr Lundie wrote last week, "both because it allows them to introduce policies in which they believe but also because it shows the British people that co-operative politics cannot only be made to work, but actually to flourish." If it flourishes, it may now have to do so without one of its most able members.

peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Gabriel Agbonlahor, Alexis Sanchez, Alan Pardew and Graziano Pelle
footballAfter QPR draw, follow Villa vs Arsenal, Newcastle vs Hull and Swansea vs Southampton
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
New Articles
i100... with this review
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
New Articles
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Cover Supervisor

£75 - £90 per day + negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Are you a cover supe...

Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam