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
* 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
He later attended the
University of Chicago
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 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 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 Bow .
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
In February 2014, Hunt crossed an authorised University and College Union picket line at 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
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,
Hunt was formerly a trustee of the
Heritage Lottery Fund
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
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.
Hunt is married to Juliet Thornback with whom he has one son and two daughters; they live in London.
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