Tristram Hunt, the Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central has stood down and thereby triggered a by-election. Hunt confirmed that he is to become the new Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, becoming the second Labour MP to quit Parliament in recent weeks, following Jamie Reed.
Hunt had represented the Stoke-on-Trent Central constituency since the 2010 General Election, succeeding Labour’s Mark Fisher who had stood down. At the 2015 General Election Hunt won with a majority of 5,179 over the second-placed UKIP, with only 49.9% of the voters turning out.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“I would like to thank Tristram Hunt for his service to the people of Stoke on Trent Central and to the Labour party. I wish him well in his future role at the Victoria and Albert.”
Hunt has been critical of Corbyn’s leadership, but said in his resignation letter:
“I have no desire to rock the boat now and anyone who interprets my decision to leave in that way is just plain wrong”.
Peter Mandelson, the former Labour Cabinet Minister, said in an interview with the BBC:
“The prospects of us winning a national general election will remain distant the longer Jeremy Corbyn and his ramshackle outfit remain in charge of the party’s fortunes”.