|Sir Norman Wrassle|
The move comes after suggestions that former Conservative Party deputy chairman Michael Fallon will be the new Minister for Portsmouth, following the decision in November to move Navy shipbuilding to Scotland and the closure of the city's BAE Systems yard causing huge job losses.
Sir Norman said: "A Minister for Wigan offers the chance to revitalise the tripe industry in 2014. Governments of all political persuasions have sat idly by while tripe sales have continued to decline. This move could potentially turn that round and create dozens of jobs in the tripe industry."
Unseasonably wet weather has again hit UK tripe sales, according to provisional figures released by the EU Office of Tripe Consumption last week.
"Although my role at the TMB takes up much of my time, I would be personally prepared to make the sacrifice if the job was offered to me," Sir Norman said.