An ambitious Labour MP Johnnie Byrne (Peter Finch) has been re-elected Labour MP for the northern constituency of Earnley and is desperate for a seat in government. His ambitions remain unfulfilled when he is overlooked for a cabinet post in the new Labour administration of Prime Minister Stevens (Geoffrey Keen) and as a consequence his communist leaning wife Alice leaves him. In the political wilderness Johnnie seeks comfort with a group of disaffected back bench Labour MP's who seek to embarrass their own government. Unpopular with his government front bench and separated from his wife Johnnie seeks comfort with a young model Pauline West (Mary Peach), and they begin a relationship. With the turmoil in his love life Johnnie begins to neglect his Westminster duties much to the displeasure of his constituency party who summon him to explain his actions. Narrowly surviving censure from his constituency party but with his love life in ruins Johnnie's career seems destined to remain unfulfilled. The illness of a government minister however offers Johnnie a way into government but he will have to choose between reconciling with his wife and a seat in government. Produced shortly before the Profumo scandal that rocked British politics in the early 1960's, feature is a moving portrayal of the life of a back bench MP. Johnnie is desperate for love and attention both from front bench colleagues and the women he encounters and desires.