Three months before the 2010 election Tristram Hunt was parachuted into the Stoke Central seat. GARY ELSBY -very old labour -the secretary of the constituency Labour Party resigned in protest and stood as an independent. Tristram got 12,600 and Gary got 399. The parachute effect was minimal. Why did 12,000 vote for an inbred toff – that’s something I hope to find out over the next 14 months.