'Tristram Hunt (born 31 May 1974) became the UK member of parliament (Labour Party) for Stoke-on-Trent Central in May 2010. He is an historian, writer and broadcaster, who worked for former prime minister Tony Blair and his spin doctor Peter Mandelson in a press office and 'rapid rebuttal' capacity. He was also special adviser to David Sainsbury and has been described as a 'long-term protege' of Sainsbury. Hunt has worked for or been a trustee of a number of pro-market ‘centre-left’ think tanks including Demos, IPPR and the New Local Government Network.
After the 2015 general election he was announced as the shadow education secretary.
Hunt initially attended ‘a state primary school, Milton Road in Cambridge’ until his ‘family moved to North London’ at which point he attended the elite University College School in Hampstead. Hunt gained a First Class degree in history from the University of Cambridge (1995), before serving as an Exchange Fellow a year-long scholarship at the University of Chicago (1995-6).
After his spell with New Labour in 1996-7 (see below) Hunt returned to Cambridge 'to complete his doctoral thesis on Victorian civic pride (2000).'
Into politics and spin 1996-1997 and 2001
On his return from Chicago, Hunt worked as a 'researcher' for Demos the New Labour associated think tank where he contributed an essay 'It takes more than a village' to The Return of the Local publised by Demos in 1996.
In September 1996, at the age of 22, he joined the New Labour spin apparatus and:
- became an idealistic tea-boy in Tony Blair's Labour Party press office... ‘Tea-making was literally what I was doing at the start, in what was then a very small office. Everything got bigger and more exciting in the run-up to the 1997 general election, of course, and I was seconded to Millbank to the rapid rebuttal unit.
- We operated at the dirtier end of the campaign's political street-fighting, and soon became re-branded as the attack unit: “Wheels coming off John Major's Tory lie-machine!”’ 
He says he ‘was brought to its Millbank nerve centre by Peter Mandelson. "I wouldn't say I was Peter Mandelson's protege, although I'm a great fan of his. I worked in the press office and I can't emphasise how lowly I was. I was making tea - but not even tea for Tony, because I wasn't nearly important enough for that."’
After the party's landslide victory, Hunt ‘co-wrote the encomium to New Labour, Blair's 100 Days, with the notorious former spin doctor Derek Draper. "It was terrible," chuckles Hunt. "I love Tony Blair; I think he's great, but in 10 years' time, academics will analyse it as an example of complete Blairite euphoria. It's full of gasping lines like 'Tony lifted a cup of tea to his lips and said, Alastair' It really has to be read to be believed." 
Hunt also worked for New Labour on the 2001 election.
Science Media Centre - 2001-2005
Hunt was involved in the setting up of the Science Media Centre and was a member of the initial Advisory Council which was set up in late 2001 'to establish the broader vision of the SMC and to raise the running costs'. He may have been acting for David Sainsbury though he had – according to his own website - ceased to be a special adviser to Sainsbury in the year 2000. In November 2001 in the run up to the launch of the SMC Hunt penned a promotional piece on the SMC:
- While much of society is now media-savvy, science has been left behind. Groups opposed to scientific research are always there to take the call. And scientists have shown a masochistic lack of interest in public debate; their preferred medium is the rarefied pages of peer-reviewed journals such as Nature. Scientists have a proper concern for the discipline of their method and are wary of speaking out before their thesis has been tested by colleagues… heavy. Pressure groups talk in the black- and-white language loved by reporters; academics are usually more diffident.
- Scientists have been further scared away from public engagement by the media frenzy around GM technology in 1999, science's annus horribilis. The reduction of a complex branch of biological engineering to "Frankenstein food" was typical of media hopelessly ill equipped to discuss scientific progress rationally. And into the vacuum stepped big business. What inflicted the greatest damage on GM science was that the case for the defence was fronted by the bio-tech groups Monsanto and AstraZeneca.
Hunt did not disclose his role in advising the SMC, however.
Historian and broadcaster 2000-2010
Hunt was an Associate Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, King’s College, Cambridge before joining Queen Mary, part of the University of London in 2001. Between 2001-2010, ‘Tristram combined his post as lecturer in history at Queen Mary with work as a history broadcaster, presenting over fifteen radio and television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. In addition to making regular contributions to The Guardian and The Observer, he is also the author of The English Civil War: At First Hand (2002), Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City (2004), and the award-winning biography, The Frock-coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (2009).’
Today, Hunt is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London.
Election to Parliament 2010
After election to parliament in 2010 Hunt became a Member of the Select Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform, Member of the Joint Committee on Reform of the House of Lords and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Energy Intensive Industries. He is also co-Chair of the APPG on Rebalancing the British Economy and the APPG on Publishing.
Since entering Parliament, Hunt has ‘focused on the regeneration needs of Stoke-on-Trent; the ceramics industry and energy intensive sector; educational excellence; constitutional reform; and the Labour Party policy review.’
Meeting with lobbyists
In June 2015, Labour MPs including Hunt, Chuka Umunna, Andy Burnham, Emma Reynolds and Chris Bryant and peer Lord Mandelson, Conservative MP Sajid Javid and Mayor of London candidate Sol Campbell attended a bash at the Mondrian London hotel. Also in attendance were Charles Lewington (founder and MD of Hanover Communications), Tim Allan (MD of Portland) and John Lehal (founder and MD of Insight Consulting Group).
Contributions and secondments
Between April 2014 and April 2015, thirteen members of the Labour Party received a total of £597,404 in secondments from the big four (PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst and Young). During the time Hunt received two secondments worth £100,905 from PwC.
- 1996 Demos 
- 1998-2000 Special Adviser to David Sainsbury as Science minister, 1998- December 2000.
- 2000-2001 Institute for Public Policy Research, ‘associate fellow' December 2000; ‘fellow’ February 2001
- Associate Fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, King’s College, Cambridge
- Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund
- Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund
- Trustee of the New Local Government Network from March 2004 - 
- Trustee of the Centre for Cities think-tank.
- Trustee of the History of Parliament Trust
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
- Science Media Centre, Advisory Council 2001-02; member of the Board, 2002-2005
- Vice Chair, Progress 
- Member, Balanced Migration 
- Website: tristramhunt.com
- Twitter: @TristramHuntMP
- Email: tristramhunt AT btopenworld.com | tristramhunt AT parliament.uk
- Guardian: Profile
- Solomon Hughes Shadows of Lord Sainsbury, Morning Star, Thursday 28 February 2013
- ITV News Labour announces new shadow cabinet, accessed 14 May 2015.
- Anna Bawden, Tristram Hunt: 'We've got to become the most interesting party' The Guardian, Monday 17 June 2013 19.15 BST
- Eleanor Radford Profiles: Tristram Hunt ~ his story, FE Week, May 17, 2013
- Andrew Pierce It's a bit rich for Tristram Hunt to play the posh card Daily Mail, UPDATED: 16:30, 2 November 2010
- Tristram Hunt About Tristram, accessed 17 August 2013
- p 19-28 in The return of the local, Demos Quarterly, 9, 1996.
- David Belcher A war that split three kingdoms The Herald (Glasgow), December 10, 2001, Pg. 26
- Judith Woods 'I was too lowly to make Tony's tea' TV's new history man is 27, handsome and is already battling with his greatest rival - how can Tristram Hunt fail? Judith Woods meets him’ ‘’Daily Telegraph’’, November 30, 2001, Friday, Pg. 23
- Science Media Centre Consultation Report, March 2002.
- Tristram Hunt MEDIA: THE APPLIANCE OF SCIENCE; SCIENTISTS FEEL THAT JOURNALISTS DON'T UNDERSTAND THEM. A NEW MEDIA CENTRE COULD BRING THE TWO CAMPS TOGETHER, WRITES TRISTRAM HUNT' The Independent (London) November 20, 2001, Tuesday Pg. 8.
- David Singleton Labour MPs and lobbyists out in force at FT summer party Total Politics, 24 June 2015, accessed 24 June 2015.
- Carlos Martin Tornero Labour to win, if Big Four donation patterns become self-fulfilling prophecy The Accountant, 5 May 2015, accessed 18 May 2015.
- Helena de Bertodano Don't call me Naked Tristram Hunt, the boyish presenter of the BBC's 'Civil War' series, has been dubbed history's answer to Jamie Oliver. But, he says, his presentation skills owe more to Peter Mandelson Sunday Telegraph(LONDON), January 13, 2002, Sunday, Pg. 03
- Tristram Hunt, MEDIA: TV MUST ATTRACT THE YOUTH VOTE; WHEN JOHN HUMPHRYS GRILLS A POLITICIAN THE YOUNG TURN OFF IN DROVES, SAYS TRISTRAM HUNT The Independent (London), February 27, 2001, Tuesday, P. 8.
- Tristram Hunt, Heritage Lottery Fund, accessed January 9, 2010.
- NLGN NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT NETWORK ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIR AND KEY ADDITIONS TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES 18 March 2004, accessed 17 August 2013
- Progress Chairs and vice-chairs, accessed 21 August 2013.
- Balanced Migration About, organizational web page, accessed April 6, 2013.