One of the Labour Party’s rising stars sailed into Stoke-on-Trent Central not so much on calm waters, but very much through the turbulent seas of a troublesome selection process.
Tristram Hunt successfully negotiated the potential banana skin of a hustings and defeated all comers.
The meeting however was not without controversy. A number of party members supported a move not to proceed to a ballot.
The very next day Stoke-on-Trent Central CLP Secretary Gary Elsby resigned the party and announced that he would stand against Tristram Hunt in opposition to the way the selection process was handled.
But Tristram has not been deterred, in fact he has hit the campaign trail running. He is encouraged by the doorstep reaction that he is getting and he has been boosted by the support of long time Labour activist and former City Councillor Terry Crowe, Stoke Central Chair Barry Stockley and retiring MP Mark Fisher.
Mike and I visited Tristram’s Campaign HQ today which is located at Stoke South MP Rob Flello’s constituency office.
It was a hive of activity. Interestingly there were a number of people who were either unsuccessful at getting on the longlist for the Stoke Central vacancy, or were overlooked for the shortlist.
These people were united behind the successful candidate Tristram Hunt and were keen to point out that they were fully behind the appointment and were committed to helping Tristram get elected.
Listen to the audio interview with Tristram below. He gives us his views on a wide range of issues, including Gary Elsby, the BNP, his ideas for Stoke Central and whether he is just too posh for Stoke-on-Trent.
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