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Tristram Julian William Hunt FRHistS (born 31 May 1974) is a British historian, broadcast journalist and former Labour Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central from 2010 to 2017. In January 2017 he announced he would leave the House of Commons in order to take up the post of director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.[1] Hunt is a lecturer in modern British History at Queen Mary University of London.[2] He has written several books and presented history programmes on television. He is a regular writer for The Guardian
The Guardian
and The Observer.[3]


1 Early life and education 2 Career as a historian 3 Political career

3.1 Political views

4 Personal life 5 Bibliography 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] Hunt was born in Cambridge, the son of Julian Hunt, a meteorologist and leader of the Labour Party group on Cambridge
City Council in 1972–73, who in 2000 was awarded a life peerage as Baron Hunt of Chesterton.[4] Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
was educated at University College School, an independent school in London, where he achieved two As (History and Latin) and a B (English Literature) at A-Level. He took a First in History at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1995.[5] He later attended the University of Chicago, and was for a time an Associate Fellow of the Centre for History and Economics at King's College, Cambridge. He undertook postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge
and completed his Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
(PhD) degree in 2000. His thesis was titled Civic thought in Britain, c.1820–c.1860. While at Cambridge
he was a member of the Footlights, where he was a contemporary of David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Career as a historian[edit] Hunt was a Fellow of the Institute for Public Policy Research and sits on the board of the New Local Government Network (2004). He has made many appearances on television, presenting programmes on the English Civil War (2002), the theories of Sir Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton
(Great Britons, 2002),[6] and the rise of the middle class, and makes regular appearances on BBC
Radio 4, having presented broadcasts on such topics as the history of the signature. His first book was The English Civil War: At First Hand (2002, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN 029782953X). His specialism is urban history, specifically during the Victorian era, and it is this subject which provided him with his second book, Building Jerusalem (2004, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN 0297607677). This book, covering such notable Victorian minds as John Ruskin, Joseph Chamberlain
Joseph Chamberlain
and Thomas Carlyle, received many favourable reviews but some criticism, notably a scathing review in The Times Literary Supplement by J. Mordaunt Crook ('The Future was Bromley', TLS, 13 August 2004). Hunt wrote Making our Mark, a publication celebrating CPRE's eightieth anniversary, in 2006. He then completed a BBC
series entitled The Protestant Revolution, examining the influence of Protestantism
on British and international attitudes to work and leisure for broadcast on BBC
Four.[7] In 2007 Hunt was a judge for the Samuel Johnson Prize,[8] the winner being Imperial Life in the Emerald City
Imperial Life in the Emerald City
by Rajiv Chandrasekaran. Hunt wrote a biography of Friedrich Engels, The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, which was published in May 2009 by Penguin Books. For the book, Hunt researched at German and Russian libraries and begins with an account of the author's own trip to Engels in Russia. The biography received a number of favourable reviews, including one from Roy Hattersley, the former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, in The Observer.[9] On 18 May 2013, Dr Hunt delivered his lecture 'Aristocracy and Industry: the Sutherlands in Staffordshire' [10] at The Marc Fitch Lectures. Hunt's book Ten Cities That Made an Empire was published by Allen Lane in 2014. Political career[edit] A member of the Labour Party, Hunt supported the party as an activist for several years before working on the party's staff. Hunt worked for the Labour Party at Millbank Tower
Millbank Tower
during the 1997 general election; he also worked at the party headquarters during the following 2001 general election. During the 2005 general election he campaigned for Oona King
Oona King
in Bethnal Green and Bow. Hunt twice submitted his name unsuccessfully for selection as a Labour parliamentary candidate: Liverpool West Derby, where Stephen Twigg
Stephen Twigg
was selected (2007),[11] and Leyton and Wanstead, where John Cryer
John Cryer
was reselected (2009).[12] Hunt was selected to contest the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central on 1 April 2010, succeeding Labour's outgoing MP, Mark Fisher.[13][14] Because the candidacy was filled just before the election, the shortlist was drawn up by Labour's ruling National Executive Committee selection panel, with none on the shortlist local to Stoke-on-Trent. This led to the secretary of the Constituency Labour Party, Gary Elsby, standing against Hunt as an independent candidate in protest.[15][16] Despite the controversy of being "parachuted in" to the district, Hunt was elected with 38.8% of the vote. Although the election was the constituency's closest-fought contest in decades, Hunt still had a majority of 5,566 over his nearest rival.[17] Hunt was appointed a Shadow Education Minister in April 2013, replacing Karen Buck
Karen Buck
who advanced as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband. On 7 October 2013, Hunt was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet, replacing Stephen Twigg
Stephen Twigg
as Shadow Secretary of State for Education. In February 2014, Hunt crossed an authorised University and College Union picket line at Queen Mary University of London
Queen Mary University of London
to teach his students about "Marx, Engels and the Making of Marxism", defending himself on the grounds that although he was not a member of the union, he supported the right to strike and picket by those who had been balloted.[18] He was strongly criticised by West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson, who described Hunt's behaviour as "preposterous".[19] Hunt was re-elected in May 2015 with a majority of 5,179.[20] On 12 September 2015, it became known he was leaving the shadow cabinet following Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader because of their "substantial political differences", as Hunt told the Press Association.[21] On 13 January 2017, he announced that he would be resigning as an MP in order to take up a post as Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.[1] He formally resigned, taking the post of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds, on 23 January 2017.[22] His successor as MP, Gareth Snell, retained the seat for Labour in the subsequent by-election on 23 February 2017.[23] Political views[edit] Hunt was formerly a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage Lottery Fund
and has a column with the British Sunday paper The Observer. He wrote an essay in the New Statesman
New Statesman
comparing Cromwell's Republic to the Islamic fundamentalism dominant in Afghanistan
at that time (2001).[24] Speaking of his constituency, Hunt said that "The key to helping manufacturing is investing in education and schools and also selling Stoke nationally and internationally as a place to invest."[25] He also criticised the local council's decision "to try to obliterate the past out and sort of 'cleanse', removing the old bottle ovens and other relics".[26] He instead believed that the city's reputation as a quality pottery maker should be exploited.[26] He has also stated he could better serve his constituency were he to become a Government Minister.[26] Hunt was accused in February 2015 of implying, in a BBC
Question Time discussion on teachers without qualifications, that nuns do not make good teachers. His comments were criticised by Conservative MPs and by the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. Hunt stated that he did not mean to cause offence to nuns.[27] In 2014 Hunt proposed that private schools should be required to form "partnerships" with local state schools if they wanted to keep their charitable status.[28] Personal life[edit] Hunt is married to Juliet Thornback with whom he has one son and two daughters; they live in London. Bibliography[edit]

The English Civil War: At First Hand (2002, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN 029782953X) Building Jerusalem (2004, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN 0297607677) The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell (Introduction by Tristram Hunt) (2004, Penguin Modern Classics, ISBN 0141187697) The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (2009, ISBN 0713998520) (US title: Marx's General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, ISBN 9780805080254) Ten Cities That Made an Empire (2014) (US title: Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World, Metropolitan Books, ISBN 9780805093087)


^ a b Stewart, Heather (13 January 2017). " Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
to quit as MP to become V&A director". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 January 2017.  ^ "Dr Tristram Hunt". qmul.ac.uk. Retrieved 7 February 2015.  ^ "Tristram Hunt". BBC. 21 March 2007. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010.  ^ Peerage creations since 1997 House of Lords: Library Note ^ http://home-labourclp228.nationbuilder.com/bio[permanent dead link]. ^ Great Britons on IMDb ^ BBC, The Protestant Revolution. ^ "Judges of the Samuel Johnson Prize
Samuel Johnson Prize
2007". BBC
Four. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010.  ^ Roy Hattersley
Roy Hattersley
(26 April 2009). "A communist and a gentleman". The Observer. The Guardian. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.  ^ "Launch of Staffordshire Volume XI – Victoria County History". Retrieved 16 May 2017.  ^ Nick Coligan (18 September 2007). " Stephen Twigg
Stephen Twigg
ends career of another political stalwart". Liverpool Echo. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.  ^ Claire Hack (26 February 2010). "Leyton/Wanstead: Labour candidate announcement expected tomorrow". East London and West Essex Guardian. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.  ^ Michael Crick (19 March 2010). "The battle for Stoke-on-Trent Central". Newsnight. BBC
blog. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.  ^ " Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
picked to represent Labour in election". BBC
News. 1 April 2010. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2010.  ^ Roland Watson (2 April 2010). "Grassroots revolt as Labour parachutes Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
into Stoke seat". The Times. London. Retrieved 2 April 2010.  ^ "Labour secretary to stand against party in Stoke". BBC
News. 2 April 2010. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010.  ^ "Elections 2010: Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
wins Stoke-on-Trent Central seat". The Sentinel. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010.  ^ " BBC
News – Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
defends crossing picket line for socialism lecture". BBC
Online. BBC. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.  ^ Eaton, George (11 February 2014). "Tom Watson attacks Tristram Hunt for crossing a picket line". New Statesman. Retrieved 5 September 2014.  ^ " Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2015-06-03.  ^ "Hunt leaves frontbench as Corbyn elected Labour leader". ITV News. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.  ^ "Three Hundreds of Chiltern: Tristram Hunt". HM Treasury. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.  ^ "Tories in historic by-election Copeland win as Labour holds Stoke". BBC
News. 25 February 2017.  ^ Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
(17 December 2001). "Britain's very own Taliban". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.  ^ "Stoke-on-Trent 'needs government help'". BBC
News. 17 April 2010. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010.  ^ a b c Parkinson, Justin (8 February 2011). "Historian Tristram Hunt on switching to life as an MP". BBC
News. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2011.  ^ " BBC
News – Tristram Hunt: 'No offence' meant to nuns in TV comments". BBC
News. Retrieved 7 February 2015.  ^ Hunt, Tristram (24 November 2014). "Private schools have done too little for too long". Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Official website

Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
2010–present Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou University Profile www.royalhistsoc.org www.burkespeerage.com Article archive at The Guardian Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt
on IMDb

Parliament of the United Kingdom

Preceded by Mark Fisher Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central 2010–2017 Succeeded by Gareth Snell

Political offices

Preceded by Stephen Twigg Shadow Secretary of State for Education 2013–2015 Succeeded by Lucy Powell

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Directors of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Henry Cole
Henry Cole
(1852) Philip Cunliffe-Owen
Philip Cunliffe-Owen
(1874) John Henry Middleton
John Henry Middleton
(1893) Caspar Purdon Clarke
Caspar Purdon Clarke
(1896) Arthur Banks Skinner
Arthur Banks Skinner
(1905) Cecil Harcourt Smith
Cecil Harcourt Smith
(1909) Eric Maclagan
Eric Maclagan
(1924) Leigh Ashton (1945) Trenchard Cox
Trenchard Cox
(1956) John Pope-Hennessy
John Pope-Hennessy
(1967) Roy Strong
Roy Strong
(1973) Elizabeth Esteve-Coll
Elizabeth Esteve-Coll
(1987) Alan Borg (1995) Mark Jones (2001) Martin Roth (2011) Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt

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Miliband Shadow Cabinet

Shadow cabinet members

Douglas Alexander Ed Balls Lord Bassam of Brighton Hilary Benn Andy Burnham Liam Byrne Vernon Coaker Yvette Cooper Mary Creagh Margaret Curran John Denham Gloria De Piero Michael Dugher Angela Eagle Maria Eagle Caroline Flint Peter Hain Harriet Harman John Healey Meg Hillier Tristram Hunt Alan Johnson Tessa Jowell Sadiq Khan Chris Leslie Ivan Lewis Ann McKechin Ed Miliband Jim Murphy Lucy Powell Rachel Reeves Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Owen Smith Jon Trickett Stephen Twigg Chuka Umunna Tom Watson Shaun Woodward

Also attended meetings

Lord Bach Jon Cruddas Liz Kendall Emma Reynolds Patricia Scotland Emily Thornberry Lord Wood of Anfield

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Labour Party MPs in the West Midlands

Ian Austin Adrian Bailey Richard Burden Liam Byrne Jim Cunningham Jack Dromey Paul Farrelly Colleen Fletcher Preet Gill Roger Godsiff Khalid Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Steve McCabe Pat McFadden Jess Phillips Emma Reynolds Geoffrey Robinson Ruth Smeeth Eleanor Smith Gareth Snell John Spellar Valerie Vaz Tom Watson Matt Western

Authority control

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