Tories promote Trimble..?

I’M not sure if this has been reported elsewhere, but when David Trimble was in the House of Lords earlier this week, a couple of peers made reference to his new front-bench position (see Lord Rooker’s comment, for example). Lord Shutt also remarked on Tuesday “that I know that he is moving on to other pastures before the day is out”. Anyone know what the rather oblique references are to?