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MP Tristram Hunt hands out free books for Stoke pupils
By Elizabeth Glinka
BBC Radio Stoke's Political Reporter

Tristram Hunt
Tristram Hunt hands out books to school children in Stoke-on-Trent.

TV historian and MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central Tristram Hunt is giving free books to school children in the city.

The Labour politician got his hands on over 900 copies of the 19th Century historical story book - 'Our Island Story' - after a chance conversation with the boss of a London Thinktank.

He now plans to give a copy to every year 6 student leaving Primary School in his constituency this Summer.

It is part of his campaign to promote history in schools.

Tristram Hunt said: "I think in our education system today there are an awful lot of exams, a lot of tests and an awful lot of league tables and you can be a bit exhausted by that... but what 'Our Island Story' does is try to inspire young people."

A big hit

The book by H.E. Marshall was a big hit when it was written in the early 1900s and was reprinted by Thinktank - Civitas in the last five years for projects with schools across the UK.

A number of the books were left over and were sitting in a warehouse in Milton-Keynes when Dr Hunt managed to get his hands on them.

The MP visited a number of schools on Tuesday, 13 July to read extracts from the book which takes a light hearted look at some of the most famous characters in British History.

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