Lembit's Cheeky Charity Donation Gets Cold Reception

MP barracked whilst filming show for BBC at Chiswick Auction House

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MP Lembit Opik received a less than warm welcome last week when he visited Chiswick Auction House.

The Lib Dem was taking part in the BBC show Cash in the Attic auctioning some of his possessions for charity. However, his boxed bottle of House of Commons Whisky was met with a chorus of boos rather than bids.

Cries of “that’s taxpayers-subsidised whisky!” were heard around the auction room.

Things weren't helped either by the fact that Opik had initially stated that the bottle had been signed by the leaders of the three main parties.

It transpired that the signatures were in fact those of three 'inconsequential' politicians.

The bottle of whisky, which was valued between £80 and £120, fetched £65.

His board game Westminster, which made no mention of MPs expenses, fetched £15.

June 25, 2009