David Trippier

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Sir David Trippier

Member of Parliament
for Rossendale
In office
3 May 1979 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byMichael Noble
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Member of Parliament
for Rossendale and Darwen
In office
9 June 1983 – 9 April 1992
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byJanet Anderson
Personal details
Born (1945-05-15) 15 May 1945 (age 74)
Political partyConservative
Alma materBury Grammar School

Sir David Austin Trippier, RD, DL (born 15 May 1946) is a British Conservative Party politician and author.

Early life[edit]

Trippier was born on 15 May 1946. He was educated at Bury Grammar School.

Political career[edit]

Trippier fought Rochdale in a by-election in 1972, coming third. In the February and October 1974 elections he stood at Oldham West, but was beaten each time by future Labour Cabinet Minister Michael Meacher.

He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rossendale from 1979 to 1983, and for Rossendale and Darwen from 1983, until he lost his seat in 1992, by 120 votes to Labour's Janet Anderson. Trippier was appointed his PPS by Kenneth Clarke while he was Minister of State for Health at the Department of Health and Social Security from 1982 to 1983.

He then served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, 1983 to 1985, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment, 1985 to 1987, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, 1987 to 1989, and then Minister of State for the Environment and Countryside at the Department of the Environment from 1989 to 1992.

Later life[edit]

He was knighted after he lost his House of Commons seat, and appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1997. He subsequently became the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party's Northern Board.


He was initiated in to Freemasonry in 1968, at the age of 21.[1] In 2011, he became the Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of East Lancashire. He was invested on 22 February 2012.[2]


  1. ^ "The Provincial Grand Master CV". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  2. ^ "The Provincial Grand Master". Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  • The Times Guide to the House of Commons, Times Newspapers Ltd, 1992
  • Lend Me Your Ears 9781841041780 published by The Memoir Club

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Noble
Member of Parliament for Rossendale
constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen
Succeeded by
Janet Anderson