Lembit Öpik , is a British Nationality politician. A member of the Liberal Democrats, he served as a member of parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Montgomeryshirein Wales from 1997 until he lost his seat at the 2010 general election. He was the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats from 2001 - 2007.Öpik's parents were from Estonia, but after the Soviet occupation under Joseph Stalin, they fled to Northern Ireland. Öpik was born in Bangor, County Down Ireland. Öpik was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution before going on to the University of Bristol, where he completed a degree in philosophy. He served as the President of the University of Bristol Union 1985–86, and as a member of the National Executive of the National Union of Students 1987–88.