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Tristram Hunt: Unity between Labour and public needed

Tristram Hunt speaking on Peston on Sunday. Credit: ITV

Tristram Hunt has called for the Labour party to "unite" with the public following Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as leader after a bitter contest with Owen Smith.

The former shadow education secretary has previously spoken out against Mr Corbyn's leadership of the party, saying the "experiment with Corbynism has to end".

Mr Hunt told Peston on Sunday: "All these calls for unity at the moment are absolutely right but the unity I want to see is between the Labour party and the British public, so we are now going to talk to the country rather than just the party."

Mr Hunt also said he was still not prepared to serve in Mr Corbyn's shadow cabinet because he had "deep political and philosophical differences" with the leader.

He called delays on the decision over shadow cabinet elections a "missed opportunity" and said he hoped de-selection of critical MPs would not happen.

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Big name Labour MPs 'escape before Corbyn speech'

Chuka Umunna is among the big name Labour MPs who have left Brighton before Jeremy Corbyn makes his first conference speech as party leader.

ITV News' Chris Ship said Tristram Hunt and Mary Creagh were also among the prominent backbenchers who departed early.

Chuka Umunna has not stuck around for the party's new leader. Credit: PA Wire

'Most' Labour MPs have made up their minds on leader

Tristram Hunt is backing Liz Kendall Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Most Labour MPs already know who they want as leader, according to Tristram Hunt, who has just announced he would not be standing.

In a speech setting out his vision for the party, he admitted he hadn't been able to drum up enough support for his own bid

"Like other potential candidates in recent days I have made a lot of calls to potential supporters among my parliamentary colleagues. I found that the bulk of MPs are already committed to just a couple of candidates," he said.

"It is surprising that the nomination process to select a leader for at least the next five years appears to have been largely decided within at most five days of a devastating general election defeat."

The MPs currently still in the race to become leader are Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham, and Mary Creagh.

Tristram Hunt will not stand for Labour leadership

Tristram Hunt has announced that he will not stand in the forthcoming Labour leadership election.

In a speech, the MP for Stoke said he would be backing Liz Kendall for the leader's role instead.

He also strongly criticised the party's strategy at the general election, claiming Labour's welfare policies "offended the British people's sense of fairness".

Tristram Hunt Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA Wire

Tristram Hunt to appear on The Agenda

Labour's Tristram Hunt will appear on the final episode of this series of The Agenda tonight.

Tristram Hunt is rumoured to be a candidate for the Labour leadership. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Hunt will speak to Tom Bradby about how Labour can recover following last week's general election defeat.

The shadow education secretary may also discuss his own leadership ambitions as speculation over Ed Miliband's potential successor continues.

Viewers can follow @agendaitv and #theagenda for all the key quotes and moments from tonight's programme.

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Hunt: Charities and private childcare providers would use Sure Start centres

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has admitted that a Labour government would rely on charitable and private childcare providers to put "mothballed" Sure Start centres back into use.

Speaking on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hunt said councils would be obliged by law to invite such providers to make use of Sure Start centres:

Hunt's former headmaster calls school plans 'offensive'

Tristram Hunt told private schools to help state institutions or risk losing tax breaks. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The headmaster of the shadow education secretary's former school has said Labour's plans to strip private schools of tax breaks worth hundreds of millions of pounds unless they do more to help the state sector could be deemed "offensive bigotry".

In a speech yesterday, Tristram Hunt told private schools to start doing more to help state pupils or risk losing £700 million-worth of tax breaks.

But Mark Beard, head of the independent University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, north-west London, said the shadow cabinet minister should be considering "new, helpful initiatives" to raise standards in state schools..

"Rather than rely on independent schools to solve the issues for the 93% of children who are educated in the state sector, isn't it time for Labour to come up with some new, helpful initiatives rather than espousing what some might deem an offensive bigotry?"

– Mark Beard, University College School

Labour: Structured learning 'doesn't seem like bad idea'

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has told ITV News more "structured" play and learning in nursery schools "doesn't seem like a bad idea".

"I think we have to address this issue of disadvantaged children who aren't school ready by the time they turn up in reception year," Mr Hunt said.

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