EXCL Labour MP Tristram Hunt quits to become director of Victoria and Albert Museum

Posted On: 
13th January 2017

Tristram Hunt is standing down as a Labour MP to become the new director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, PoliticsHome can reveal.

Tristram Hunt is quitting Westminster to become director of the V&A
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The former Shadow Education Secretary - who has been MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010 - will take up the plum role later this year.

A formal announcement will be made by the museum later this morning, but Labour sources said talks between them and Mr Hunt have been taking place for some time.

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His shock decision comes just weeks after fellow Labour MP Jamie Reed announced he was also standing down and tees up another crunch by-election.

Mr Hunt, who is on Labour's moderate wing and has refused to serve on Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench, retained the seat at the 2015 election with a 5,100 majority from Ukip.

The by-election will be a three-way marginal, as the Tories were only beaten into third place by 33 votes.

Former Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham is also standing down to be Labour's candidate for mayor of Greater Manchester, while Steve Rotheram - Mr Corbyn's parliamentary aide - is resigning his Liverpool Walton seat in his bid to become mayor of the city.

One Labour MP 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."