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Tristram Hunt selected for Stoke Central

Michael Crick | 21:26 UK time, Thursday, 1 April 2010

The TV historian was tonight picked as Labour's candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central, in succession to the sitting MP Mark Fisher.

Hunt beat two other contenders, Sajjad-Hussain Malik, an Oxfordshire councillor, and Dr Joe Ukemenan, a journalist from London. But many Labour activists are unhappy at having a three-person shortlist imposed upon them by the party high command, from which all local contenders were excluded.

Some told Newnight today that they might shun Tristram Hunt and back an Independent Labour candidate instead. The constituency secretary Gary Elsby says he will announce tomorrow if he will stand as an Independent.

Hunt won overwhelming with 50 votes, while his opponents, Saj Malik and Joe Ukemenem got seven and six votes respectively. Earlier, a rebel attempt to stop the vote was beaten by a margin of about two to one.


  • Comment number 1.

    Blaenau Gwent springs to mind here. Peter Law won as an independent Labour candidate in protest about an imposed shortlist. The by-election following his death returned Law's campaign manger Dai Davies with Labout losing again.

  • Comment number 2.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 3.

    2 oops wrong post.

  • Comment number 4.

    what is it about this latest fad of having non local bods thrown in against local men? What powers do they possess that we locals don't? I think we should be told.....Michael go to it, son.....

  • Comment number 5.

    Certainly this risks all the humiliation of Blaenau Gwent, and with the added danger of helping the BNP.
    Worse still it shows the power of Mandelson in the current regime. We all need to know a lot more about Blair`s current power. Look at what says about his 2010 election website and its use of Blue Steel Digital - this looks like the real centre piece of the Labour campaign. Is there some reason why Blair hasn`t been ennobled yet ?
    By-the-by, when`s newsnight going to get to grips with Windrush Ventures and Morgan`s influence in the government ? So much for "old corruption"

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Michael from my butcher’s shop in Smolensk. Here today my assistant Yuri is clean up mess of recent rat infestation – he is look like Pink Panther of Hamlin, only is use Kalashnikov, not flutes. And we are full of bemusal at this story.

    Here in managed democracy of glorious Vlad Putin – he throw your George Osborne in good judo styles until he is slipping discs and make no mistakes – we are not have problem of selection committees for Duma candidates. Vlad is personally select all. This efficient, assure quality, and allow me get on with business of run shop and have bit of cummerbund (is right word?) vodka on side courtesy Big Oleg, local oligarch who is run my protections. Why, I don’t even need to bother vote as result is clear.

    It seem Sir Mandelsson is try same procedures only make fatal errors. He is impose man called Tristram, who is smile and use words like “historicism”, on working class area. Vlad never make such mistake. Sure, for university precincts in St Petersburg he pick some intellectual in spectacles who talk about fiscal positions and is make brain aching. But for proletarian parts of Magnetogorsk, you need something different. Here candidate should be call Lev, weigh 200kg and be ex-professional wrestler. He go round for kiss hands and shake babbies with 6 men straight from “Men in Black”, and instead of campaigns speech is pull train with teeth. Local people is love him and give all votes, while any dissenters is invite have session with Lev in cage. So come on Prince of Darkness, it time to up game. If cannot abolish selections committee, give proper candidates. And if old seat of Hartlepool is become free, don’t think Simon Schama. Think Mickey Rourke.


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