|Celebrated chat show host and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson|
Sir Norman gave as an example one of Mr Johnson's Daily Telegraph columns which clearly denigrated tripe.
"I would like Mr Johnson to stand as a candidate in the tripe heartland of Wigan. That way, we can show him that you can't mess with tripe and get away with it".
Sir Norman said the Mayor's comments threatened to undermine the TMB's attempts to improve the image of tripe precisely at a time when there were signs it was being rehabilitated. He once again challenged Mr Johnson to a public debate, saying: "I am prepared to appear in a discussion with Mr Johnson on a radio show of his choice - although I would prefer BBC Radio Cumbria or Hereford & Worcester, which have both proved to be friendly to tripe in the past."