LONDON (AP) — A British Labour Party lawmaker has been appointed the new director of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the museum announced Friday. The move triggers a special election for his seat.
Tristram Hunt is a historian and broadcaster who was elected to Parliament in 2010.
The V&A, one of the world’s leading art and design museums, said that Hunt had been “at the forefront of political, cultural and public life for the last decade.”
A by-election will be held for his House of Commons seat — and his resignation deepens the crisis in Britain’s opposition Labour Party.
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Hunt, 42, opposes the party’s direction under leader Jeremy Corbyn, who wants to return Labour to its socialist roots.
Hunt was among lawmakers hoping to pull the party toward the political center-ground it occupied under former leaders including Tony Blair.
In a resignation letter, Hunt said that serving in Parliament had been “both deeply rewarding and intensely frustrating.”
In a brief statement, Corbyn thanked Hunt for his service to his constituents and the Labour Party, and wished him well.