Revealed: Sir George Young’s application form for job of Tory Chief Whip
SIR George Young is the Tory Party’s new Chief Whip. He replaces Andrew Mitchell, who resigned for swearing at police guarding Downing Street. What are Young’s credentials for the post? We’ve seen his application form:
Q. Do you own a bicycle?
A. Yes, I am the “bicycling baronet”.
Q. Are you a toff?
A. I went to Eton?
Q. Big deal. Damien Lewis went there.
A. I am Sir George Samuel Knatchbull Young, 6th Baronet.
Q. Is there an embarrassing photo of you and Jimmy Savile?
A. Yes. In 1982, I joined Jimmy Savile on a British Rail poster promoting the transport of bicycles by rail.
Q. What class are you when you travel by train?
A. That is a huge elephant trap. Let’s leave class out of it.
Lead photos: Conservative government Cabinet. (back l-r) John Major (Chief Secretary to the Treasury), John Wakeham (Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Commons), Paul Channon (Transport Secretary), John MacGregor (Agriculture Minister), Kenneth Baker (Education Secretary), Lord Young (Trade and Industry Secretary), Kenneth Clarke (Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Trade and Industry Minister), Malcolm Rifkind (Scottish Secretary), John Moore (Social Services Secretary), Cecil Parkinson (Energy Secretary), David Waddington (Chief Whip) and Sir Robert Armstrong (Cabinet Secretary). Front row (l-r) Tom King (Northern Ireland Secretary), George Younger (Defence Secretary), Douglas Hurd (Home Secretary), Nigel Lawson (Chancellor of the Exchequer), Viscount Whitelaw (Leader of the House of Lords), Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service), Sir Geoffrey Howe (Foreign Secretary), Lord Michael Havers (Lord Chancellor), Peter Walker (Welsh Secretary), Norman Fowler (Employment Secretary) and Nicholas Ridley (Environment Secretary). 05/08/1987