By Christain Smith
Labour MP Tristram Hunt is quitting as an MP to become the director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, triggering a by-election.
Mr Hunt, who once served as Shadow Secretary of State for Education, is the second MP from the right-wing Blairite faction of the Labour party to quit.
Last month, Jamie Reed, the MP for Copeland announced his decision to stand down in order to take up a post at the Sellafield nuclear plant.
Though a date has not been set for the by-election but Mr Reed noted in his resignation letter to Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn that he will cease to be the Member of Parliament for Copeland “from the end of January 2017.”
Mr Hunt, who has represented Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, said serving in Parliament had been ‘both deeply rewarding and intensely frustrating.’
He told of the ‘harrowing effects of poverty and inequality’ he had seen during his work as an MP.
He added: ‘The frustration, of course, came with the inability to address those factors and implement our policy programme following our defeat in 2015 – and, more broadly, about how the Labour Party should respond to the social, cultural and economic forces which have rocked mainstream social democratic and socialist parties from India to Greece to America.
‘There were very few jobs that would have convinced me to stand down as MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, but the post of director of the V&A – the world’s greatest museum of art, design and performance – is just that.’