Saturday 14 January 2017 by Rupert Burdock

MP Tristram Hunt steps down after accidentally visiting Stoke-on-Trent


Tristram Hunt resigns

Tristram Hunt, the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, has resigned from the Labour party after inadvertently spending some time in his constituency.

The politician and historian had boarded a train to Oxford to visit some fellow academics, when he fell asleep and missed his stop.

He ended up being shaken awake in Stoke-on-Trent for the first time in his seven-year tenure as MP for the area.

“Oh Christ, this is Stoke?” exclaimed Hunt, “It’s essentially a 70’s bus station populated by desperately unhappy people.

“I don’t understand what I’m looking at – I ran for MP here because the city has a rich and vibrant history of pottery and mining.

“To tell you the truth, I didn’t realise it still existed, or that I had constituents. But I’ve observed them from a distance, and they’re, well, not really my sort.”

On stepping down from his party, Hunt added, “I’ve enjoyed being an MP in the Label Party and will remember my former colleagues Jimmy Corbing and Ed Moribund fondly.

Elena Fitzgerald, a resident of Stoke, said, “It’s a shame. We had a good arrangement going. He didn’t visit us and we didn’t contact him. Exactly what you want in a politician.”

When asked for his opinion on the MP’s resignation, constituent Simon Williams explained, “I never understood how he became our MP, the name Tristram doesn’t exactly scream ‘Stoke’, does it?

“If he spent any time here he’d have had to change his name to ‘Dave’.”

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