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Question Time: Lembit Opik

Work: Lembit Opik, 43, is the Lib Dem MP for Montgomeryshire and the Daily Sport's new political columnist

Life: Currently single, he has had relationships with the presenter Siân Lloyd and Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia

Balance: Hobbies include astronomy, cinema and aviation

Katy Guest: Grow up with the triffids and you'll fear GM

Do old movies hold the key to modern decisions?

Leading article: Riding for a fall

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Make way for the Segway!

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MPs face ban from lucrative second jobs

A ban on MPs having paid second jobs is to be considered by Gordon Brown as part of an attempt to restore public trust in politicians.

You're hired! The Apprentice reaches its climax

As the BBC's most popular programme goes into its final fortnight, only one budding entrepreneur will win the dubious honour of working for Sir Alan Sugar. So who should it be?

Pandora: Wanted: a trio of people to replace Lord Cashpoint

Now that Labour's silver-quiffed fund-raiser Lord Levy has all but burned his bridges with the party, the hunt is on to find his successor. Party bosses are currently advertising for two "high-value" fund-raising officers, as well as an assistant, who might be able to entice any big hitters willing to part with their cash and help it out of its latest financial woes.

Last Night's TV: This hindsight's a wonderful thing

10 Days To War, BBC2; Sport Relief Does The Apprentice, BBC1

My Week In Media: Lembit Opik

Last week I watched...
BBC News 24. The Obama-Clinton race for the Democrat candidacy is such an oddity. It reminds me of The West Wing. I know Ohio quite well as I used to work there one week a month for Procter & Gamble, before I became an MP, and I thought Hillary would be their kind of gal. But the drama of Obama is large in the unpredictability of the results. Obviously, I watched the news of the referendum vote. I voted with Nick Clegg because he is an expert on Europe and I didn't want to read the 200 pages of the EU Treaty myself when I trusted his judgement. He is under zero threat to his leadership. Even the people who resigned don't want him to go. We're a pretty close-knit little team and when the Lib Dems have arguments, we do it in a respectful way.

Paparazzi's midnight snap costs rugby prodigy his England place

For Danny Cipriani, tomorrow afternoon should have been the high point of his fledgling rugby career. At just 20 years old he was to make his first start for his country as England took on Scotland in the Six Nations Championship.

Rise of a Red Rose shooting star: Cipriani seizes his moment

England's brightest hope is preparing to make his first international start in the Calcutta Cup, the oldest contest of them all. Just as well, then, that he has an evident love of the limelight

Stormy WEATHER

Brolly dollies or serious scientists? As former BBC forecaster John Kettley lashes out at his ex-colleagues, Cahal Milmo looks at the high-pressure area inhabited by weathermen and women

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