|Tristram Hunt. Photo: AFP
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, a critic of Jeremy Corbyn, said he did not want to “rock the boat” but had the chance “to have one of the greatest museum jobs in the world”.
His Stoke-on-Trent Central seat is set to be abolished under boundary changes.
Labour leader Mr Corbyn said he wished him well and was confident Labour would hold the seat.
Asked if he was secretly pleased that an MP who has been critical of his leadership was going, Mr Corbyn said: “No, I don’t want anyone to resign, I don’t want to lose MPs but he has taken this position as director of the V&A, good luck to him.”
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