The people of the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat have been left in the lurch as Tristam Tory-Boy Hunt chooses to become the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum. This will force his former constituents to take part in a by-election.
Tory-Boy Hunt attempted to justify the betrayal by his desertion: “I am sorry to put you, the party and the people of Stoke-on-Trent, through a by-election. I have no desire to rock the boat now and anyone who interprets my decision to leave in that way is just plain wrong.” He had a majority of 5,179.
It will be interesting to see what changes he makes at the V&A Museum as in the past he has made it clear as to just how open it should be. He has called for a change to charging again to visit museums and galleries – a very tory idea. LINK
Money may well be the motivation for his change as he takes over from Martin Roth after his five years in charge. Roth earned a salary of £145,000-£150,000 as part of a total package worth £225,000-£230,000 in 2015/16 – well above Hunt’s current salary of £74,962 as an MP.