Another one bites the dust.
Tristram Hunt, Labour MP for Stoke, announced Friday that he is quitting politics.
Days ahead of Christmas 2016 Jamie Reed, also Labour, announced he was quitting as MP for Copeland triggering a by-election. He does not actually leave his role as MP until late January and now Hunt has also resigned.
Labour MP Paul Flynn summed up Hunt's resignation with this tweet "Tristan Hunt contributed valued historic scholarship but new job offers more scope for talents than 3 years shouting 'RESIGN' at Tories" to which one person replied "@PaulFlynnMP Hunt has spent last 15 months shouting resign at Jeremy Corbyn..and not at the Tories. He is no loss to Labour or the country."
Mr Flynn did have a more critical tweet earlier Friday but he appears to have deleted it!
2016 was a year of division in the Labour Party with deep splits. Wounds are still raw but it looks like 2017 will also be a bumpy ride.
Is the modus operandi for 2017 resignations drip drip at a time?
It highlights why Jeremy Corbyn should have been ruthless from day one and weeded out the dead wood. It also highlights why the party perhaps should have split in early 2016 rather than battle on with at least two sides at each others throats and neither willing to come together.
It looks like Hunt jumped before he was pushed but for many he was never really true Labour.
Boundary changes will affect constituencies and the number of MPS. This could leave two MPs fighting for one seat. Tristram Hunt appears to have jumped ship before he faced such problems.
Hunt is from the so-called moderate wing of the Labour Party but that assessment is open to debate.
He like Mr Reed was hostile to Jeremy Corbyn from day one.
Both men represented areas which voted BRexit and in a big way. That means both areas could offer election success for UKip.
But both areas are not traditional Tory territory and UKip are still essentially another form of the Tory Party. The only card they offer in such areas is BRexit.
Reed has secured a lucrative post at Sellafield and Hunt is quitting to head the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
So how many other young Labour politicians are ready to jump ship and why?
How many already have nice little earners lined up?
Resignations that lead to by-elections are challenging but they may at least allow the Labour Party to get back to its socialist roots and offer voters a real alternative to Tory politics and one on the left-wing of British politics.
Eoin on Twitter is spot on when he tweeted "The Labour Party is packed full of amazing talent. Every vacancy offers one of these bright talents a chance to step forward. I welcome it."
Bring it on!
[According to the right wing Politics Home "One Labour MP [unnamed of course] said: "Tristram has been talking about this for a while, so it's no surprise that he's decided to go. "There are scores of us who would quit if we had another job to go to because we know that the party has no chance at the next election."]