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.
Hunt is a lecturer in modern British History at Queen Mary University
of London . He has written several books and presented history
programmes on television. He is a regular writer for
The Guardian and
The Observer .
* 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
Hunt was born in Cambridge, the son of Julian, Baron Hunt of
Chesterton , a meteorologist and leader of the Labour Party group on
Cambridge City Council in 1972–73, who was created a Life Peer on
the recommendation of
Tony Blair in 2000. He 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,
He later attended the
University of Chicago
University of Chicago , and was for a time an
Associate Fellow of the Centre for History and Economics at King\'s
Cambridge . He undertook postgraduate study at the University
Cambridge and completed his
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in
2000. His thesis was titled Civic thought in Britain, c.1820–c.1860.
Cambridge he was a member of the
Footlights , where he was a
contemporary of David Mitchell and
Robert Webb .
CAREER AS A HISTORIAN
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 (Great
Britons , 2002), and the rise of the middle class, and makes regular
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 he also worked at the party
headquarters during the following 2001 general election . During the
2005 general election he campaigned for
Oona King in Bethnal Green and
Hunt twice submitted his name unsuccessfully for selection as a
Labour parliamentary candidate: Liverpool West Derby , where Stephen
Twigg was selected (2007), and Leyton and Wanstead , where John Cryer
was reselected (2009).
Hunt was selected to contest the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent
Central on 1 April 2010, succeeding Labour's outgoing MP , Mark Fisher
. 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.
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.
Hunt was appointed a Shadow Education Minister in April 2013,
Karen Buck who advanced as Parliamentary Private Secretary
Ed Miliband . On 7 October 2013, Hunt was promoted to the Shadow
Stephen Twigg as Shadow Secretary of State for
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. He was strongly criticised by West Bromwich East MP Tom
Watson , who described Hunt's behaviour as "preposterous".
Hunt was re-elected in May 2015 with a majority of 5,179. On 12
September 2015, it became known he was leaving the shadow cabinet
Jeremy Corbyn 's election as Labour leader because of their
"substantial political differences", as Hunt told the Press
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. He formally resigned, taking the post of Steward of
the Chiltern Hundreds , on 23 January 2017. His successor as MP,
Gareth Snell , retained the seat for Labour in the subsequent
by-election on 23 February 2017.
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
New Statesman comparing Cromwell\'s Republic to the Islamic
fundamentalism dominant in
Afghanistan at that time (2001).
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." 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". He instead believed that the city's reputation as a quality
pottery maker should be exploited. He has also stated he could better
serve his constituency were he to become a Government Minister.
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.
In 2014 Hunt proposed that private schools should be required to form
"partnerships" with local state schools if they wanted to keep their
Hunt is married to Juliet Thornback with whom he has one son and two
daughters; they live in London.
* The English Civil War: At First Hand (2002, Weidenfeld & Nicolson,
ISBN 029782953X )
* Building Jerusalem (2004, Weidenfeld -webkit-column-width: 35em;
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Tristram Hunt to quit
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Retrieved 13 January 2017.
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* ^ Peerage creations since 1997 House of Lords: Library Note
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Samuel Johnson Prize 2007" .
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Roy Hattersley (26 April 2009). "A communist and a gentleman" .
The Guardian . Archived from the original on 30 April
* ^ "Launch of Staffordshire Volume XI - Victoria County History".
Retrieved 16 May 2017.
* ^ Nick Coligan (18 September 2007). "
Stephen Twigg ends career of
another political stalwart" .
Liverpool Echo . Archived from the
original on 19 March 2012.
* ^ Claire Hack (26 February 2010). "Leyton/Wanstead: Labour
candidate announcement expected tomorrow" . East London and West Essex
Guardian. Archived from the original on 28 February 2010.
* ^ Michael Crick (19 March 2010). "The battle for Stoke-on-Trent
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* ^ "
Tristram Hunt picked to represent Labour in election" . BBC
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Retrieved 1 April 2010.
* ^ Roland Watson (2 April 2010). "Grassroots revolt as Labour
Tristram Hunt into Stoke seat".
The Times . London.
Retrieved 2 April 2010.
* ^ "Labour secretary to stand against party in Stoke" .
2 April 2010. Archived from the original on 5 April 2010. Retrieved 8
* ^ "Elections 2010:
Tristram Hunt wins Stoke-on-Trent Central
seat" . The Sentinel . 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 10
May 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
* ^ "
BBC News –
Tristram Hunt defends crossing picket line for
BBC Online . BBC. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 5
* ^ Eaton, George (11 February 2014). "Tom Watson attacks Tristram
Hunt for crossing a picket line".
New Statesman . Retrieved 5
* ^ "
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
BBC News. 25 February 2017.
Tristram Hunt (17 December 2001). "Britain\'s very own Taliban"
New Statesman . Archived from the original on 29 March 2014.
* ^ "Stoke-on-Trent \'needs government help\'" .
BBC News. 17 April
2010. Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 8 May
* ^ 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 10 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
* ^ "
BBC News – Tristram Hunt: \'No offence\' meant to nuns in TV
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.