Sir David Trippier
Member of Parliament
for Rossendale and Darwen
Rossendale (1979–1983)
In office
3 May 1979 – 16 March 1992
Preceded byMichael Noble
Succeeded byJanet Anderson
Personal details
Born (1946-05-15) 15 May 1946 (age 75)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Ruth Worthington (m. 1975)
Alma materBury Grammar School

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

Early life

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

Political career

Trippier fought Rochdale in a by election in 1972, coming third. In the elections in February and October 1974, 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

He was knighted after he lost his seat in the House of Commons, and appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1997. He subsequently became the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party's Northern Board. He married barrister Ruth Worthington in 1975.[1]


He was initiated in to Freemasonry in 1968, at the age of 21.[2] In 2011, he became the Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of East Lancashire. He was invested on 22 February 2012.[3] He is due to retire as Provincial Grand Master 18 November 2021.


  1. ^ "Trippier, Sir David (Austin)". Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  2. ^ "The Provincial Grand Master CV". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  3. ^ "The Provincial Grand Master". Retrieved 7 June 2014.
Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded byMichael Noble Member of Parliament for Rossendale 1979–1983 constituency abolished New constituency Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen 1983–1992 Succeeded byJanet Anderson