The Tripe Marketing Board has confirmed that its chairman Sir Norman Wrassle did continue to pursue his business interests for a short time after he became chairman in 1997.
|Sir Norman Wrassle|
The confirmation comes after the Wigan on Sunday newspaper had discovered what it says is a recording of a sales pitch for Wrassle Glass, a double glazing company, made in the summer of 1998 - a year after he was appointed.
Speaking at a hastily convened media conference late last night, Sir Norman said: "Like many other businessmen, I have had fingers in a number of pies. I was always completely transparent about my involvement in my brother's double glazing company".
Sir Norman said he had also, for a brief period, worked as a consultant to Blunt Fine Foods, where he advised the company on the production of tripe pies. "It's an old story, and really just a matter of semantics. I enjoyed my work with them so much that I never really considered it a job," he said.