Opinion: Labour MP Tristram Hunt announced Friday he was quitting his job as MP for Stoke in Trent.
Jeremy Corbyn was gracious when he acknowledged Mr Hunt's equally gracious reisgnation letter but scratch the surface to probably see a whole different picture.
Hunt's timing is terrible but he has denied that his timing was meant to hit home.
But who is Mr Hunt and why was he an MP and a Labour Party one at that in the first place?
The first thing I came across when I looked online was information regarding the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where Hunt will be the new CEO on a big fat salary.
Their website says "Trustees. The Victoria and Albert Museum is governed by a board of trustees appointed by the Prime Minister."
Conspiracy theorists do your worst.
Theresa May had to sign of Tristram Hunt's appointment at the V and A and I imagine she did so with glee; well as much glee as Mrs May ever shows.
So I had a snoop around online to see how Mr Hunt ended up as Labour MP for Stoke on Trent. FIrst this from Wikipedia;
Tristram Julian William Hunt Labour Party politician, who served as the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central in Staffordshire since the 2010 general election. In January 2017 he announced he would leave the Commons in order to take up the post of Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. (born 31 May 1974) is a historian, broadcast journalist and former British Hunt is a lecturer in modern British History at Queen Mary University of London. He has written several books and in his work as a broadcaster has presented history programmes on television. He is a regular writer for The Guardian and The Observer.
So he is or was a relatively new MP; one from the dying days of old new Labour under Gordon Brown.
"On becoming Leader of the Labour Party on 25 September 2010, Miliband also became Leader of the Opposition. At 40, he was the youngest leader of the party ever."
But back to wikipedia and Tristram Hunt;
Hunt was born in Cambridge, the son of Julian, Baron Hunt of Chesterton, a meteorologist and leader of the Labour Group on Cambridge City Council in 1972–73, who was created a Labour Life Peer on the recommendation of Tony Blair in 2000. He was educated at University College School, an independent school in London.
So a good old down to earth working class lad from a good old working class background?
Of course such a background is not mandatory to be a Labour Party MP but it does help.
So finally I popped over to They Work For You to check out Tristam Hunt's registered interests and I was left reeling.
How the hell did he ever have time to work as an MP and represent his constituents?
ITV mainstream news Friday evening included a few interviews with a handful of Mr Hunt's comsituents. Whether it was selective or accurate reporting I cannot comment.
But those interviewed were not unhappy that Mr Hunt has resigned with some saying he hardly visited the area and was initially as they say parachuted in as the Labour Party candidate.
The conclusion is?
You make up your own mind but he was anti Corbyn and like a fish out of water as a Labour Party MP in my opinion.
He has selfishly triggered a by election at a tricky time for the Labour Party but at least he has finally done the decent thing and quit though for a huge pay rise.
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