Pole proves too greasy for ministerial hopefuls: Patricia Wynn Davies reports on the lot of the two MPs whose careers are under a cloud

SOME MPs - Tories, anyway - would say parliamentary private secretaries like Graham Riddick and David Tredinnick have the worst of both worlds. Their salaries, the same as other backbenchers, are not matched by equivalent freedoms.

Ministerial bag-carrying eats into their social and family lives while high standards of personal behaviour are expected.

The quid pro quo is a possible move up the greasy pole to a junior ministerial position. Mr Riddick, MP for Colne Valley, West Yorkshire, since 1987, was on the promotion list for next week's reshuffle. The pole is likely to have proved too greasy this time.

He once sought to challenge the myth that the popular press was overwhelmingly right-wing and hostile to the Labour Party, and was often given to complaints of 'biased' television programmes. But he had singled out Rupert Murdoch for special praise. Perhaps he will now revise his views.

An eager right-winger, Mr Riddick, 38, has strong views on a number of issues. His detestation of the closed shop encouraged him to join the ultra-right Freedom Association in 1976.

More recently, he has waxed long and hard about corruption at Labour-controlled Monklands District Council. While a product of Stowe whose grandfather was an MP and whose father owned a mill, the former Coca-Cola sales manager sports the jaunty grin of a second-hand car salesman. He is sometimes described as a lookalike from the Adams family.

Notwithstanding, or perhaps in spite of, his attendance at Warwick University, Mr Riddick has little truck with trendy ideas. He does, however, comply with Commons rules and reveals his Lloyd's syndicate numbers in the Register of Members' Interests.

The same cannot be said for the wealthy Mr Tredinnick, one of 11 Tories recently reprimanded by the Select Committee on Members' Interests for failing to do so. Both men are Lloyd's losers, with Mr Tredinnick's losses reputed to be particularly heavy.

Eton-educated and a former Grenadier Guardsman, Mr Tredinnick, 44, is a good deal 'wetter' than Mr Riddick - although that would not be difficult. A top- drawer education and generations of inherited family money from Cornish tin mining seem to have produced a stiff-necked Commons performer. But his Commons contributions can be constructive.

He also demonstrated a gentlemanly willingness to share some of his financial fortune by voting against the abolition of higher rates of income tax and capital tax under Margaret Thatcher. Mr Riddick tends towards the crude knocking question.

Suggested Topics
News
Russell Brand was in typically combative form during his promotional interview with Newsnight's Evan Davis
peopleReports that Brand could stand for Mayor on an 'anti-politics' ticket
News
The clocks go forward an hour at 1am on Sunday 30 March
news
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor finds himself in a forest version of London in Doctor Who episode 'In the Forest of the Night'
TVReview: Is the Doctor ever going stop frowning? Apparently not.
News
Voluminous silk drawers were worn by Queen Victoria
newsThe silk underwear is part of a growing trade in celebrity smalls
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Sport
footballMatch report: Real fight back to ruin Argentinian's debut
News
Candidates with surnames that start with an A have an electoral advantage
newsVoters are biased towards names with letters near start of alphabet
Arts and Entertainment
Isis with Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville)
TV
Arts and Entertainment
Jay James
TVReview: Performances were stale and cheesier than a chunk of Blue Stilton left out for a month
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Maths Teacher

£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...

Business Analyst - Surrey - Permanent - Up to £50k DOE

£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

***ASP.NET Developer - Cheshire - £35k - Permanent***

£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

***Solutions Architect*** - Brighton - £40k - Permanent

£35000 - £40000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?