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Tristram Hunt picked to represent Labour in election

Tristram Hunt
Mr Hunt's selection has aroused some anger locally

The television historian Tristram Hunt has been picked to stand as a Labour candidate in the general election.

He will represent Labour in the seat of Stoke-on-Trent Central after beating two others in a selection process.

But the BBC's Michael Crick said some party members were unhappy about having a shortlist imposed on them which did not include any local candidates.

The retiring MP, Mark Fisher, won the seat with a majority of nearly 10,000 at the last general election.

Mr Hunt overwhelmingly won the contest to fight the seat for Labour, getting 50 votes.

The other candidates, Oxfordshire councillor Saj Malik and London-based journalist Dr Joe Ukemenan, got seven and six votes. Earlier, a rebel attempt to stop the vote was beaten by a margin of about two to one.

Our correspondent said some party members were considering shunning Mr Hunt and backing an independent Labour candidate instead.

The constituency secretary of the local Labour party, Gary Elsby, said he would announce shortly if he would stand as an independent.

Mr Hunt, lecturer in modern British history at Queen Mary, University of London, is the author of several books as well as being a regular columnist and broadcaster.

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