Tristan Stubbs

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Tristan Stubbs is a political advisor to Labour MEP Neena Gill.[1] he is also the environment and economy section director of the Henry Jackson Society.[2]

Stubbs is also a final-year History Ph.D. candidate at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, where he completed his B.A. and M.Phil. in Historical Studies.[3]

Hi academic career has incluced posts as isTutorial Fellow in American Studies at the University of Sussex. Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Virginia Historical Society, and Lewis P. Jones Visiting Fellow at the University of South Carolina.[4]

He has written for publications including OpenDemocracy, Democratiya, New Politics, The Voter, Progress Online, Geographical Magazine, and for the Unlock Democracy and Euston Manifesto websites.[5]


On the Euston Manifesto

Stubbs criticised Shalom Lappin of the Euston Manifesto group for what he saw as an antipathy to New Labour:

All groups need a bête noire: condemnation of the other provides an easy common cause. And in a struggle with the likes of Respect for the heart of the left, Blair-bashing is politic. However, bandying around lazy terms of abuse - what worse obloquy is there for those who spent years opposing Thatcher than to be labelled neo-liberal? - detracts from the real issues. The Manifesto itself is a statement of common intent regarding the defence and promotion of democracy, human rights, pluralism and tolerance. But while it prescribes specific institutional reforms, its broader economic principles are vague, a symptom both of a fissiparous left and of a level of insouciance over the interdependence of Enlightenment political values and a properly functioning economy. If the Eustonians are to avoid the sectarian squabbles that have condemned the left in the past, they would be wise to debate the Third Way, not dismiss it ex ante.[6]

On 90-day detention

It always amazes me that those who cry loudest for the protection of sacred, long-established rights such as habeas corpus always imply the fragility of those rights. Anglo-Saxon freedoms have been retained in one form or another despite Norman invasion, the threat of absolutism under Charles I, and more lately, the threat of invasion from Nazi Germany. Our system of democracy is robust and adapts well to the challenges placed before it. Should this Bill be passed, Parliament will be able to ensure against its misuse. With all this talk of the so-called "culture of fear", "control freakery", etc, we risk losing sight of who forms the real threat to freedom in this country. Here's a clue - it's not Tony Blair.[7]



  1. Job details,, accessed 20 April 2009.
  2. Tristan Stubbs, Henry Jackson Society, accessed 20 April 2009.
  3. Tristan Stubbs, Henry Jackson Society, accessed 20 April 2009.
  4. Tristan Stubbs, Book Review - Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery, Democratiya, Autumn 2007.
  5. Tristan Stubbs, Henry Jackson Society, accessed 20 April 2009.
  6. Tristan Stubbs, The Euston Mono-festo?, Henry Jackson Society, 4 June 2006.
  7. Should terror suspects be held for longer?, Times Online, 8 November 2005.