Below is the text from John Major’s book “The Autobiography” regarding his appointment as a junior Minister in the Department of Health and Social Security, ISBN 0006530745, page 86.
In the late summer of 1985 I was at home at Finings watching the death throes of the England-
I was horrified that I might be offered the job of Minister of Sport. I loved sport and politics, but they were separate parts of my life, and I had no wish to mix them. This was the first of two occasions in my career when I was to wonder whether or not to accept a promotion. I paced the room, and decided that I wanted a job in the mainstream of politics, or no job at all. If the Prime Minister offered me Sport I should say no, and ask to stay in the Whips’ Office. I marshalled my arguments, knowing that she would not welcome such a response.
The telephone rang. It was Number 10. The Prime Minister wished to speak to me later –
Finally the phone rang again. It was the Prime Minister. ‘I’d like you to leave the Whips’ Office and go to Social Security,’ she said. ‘It’s where I started. It’s a good place to be. Norman Fowler will be your Secretary of State –