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Labour's Education Spokesman Told A Voter To "Stop Moaning" And "Do Some Work

This probably isn't the best way to win over floating voters.

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Hunt was responding to a question on Twitter about the party's education policy. It started off well, an object lesson in how politicians should engage with voters in 2015.

@TristramHuntMP can you point me to the Labour education policy for this election round?

Thomas Mann@curv_orgFollow

@TristramHuntMP can you point me to the Labour education policy for this election round?

6:43 PM - 31 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

A voter asked for more information and Hunt replied with the website. Perfect.

@curv_org @TeacherROAR certainly can - http://t.co/gUpexY553b

Tristram Hunt@TristramHuntMPFollow

@curv_org @TeacherROAR certainly can - http://t.co/gUpexY553b

9:35 PM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

But then Thomas Mann claimed Labour's education website only had "soundbites" and wanted more in-depth policy.

@TristramHuntMP @TeacherROAR that website only contains soundbites. Can I see some detail covering the full complexity of education policy.

Thomas Mann@curv_orgFollow

@TristramHuntMP @TeacherROAR that website only contains soundbites. Can I see some detail covering the full complexity of education policy.

10:49 PM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

At which point Hunt demonstrated how not to engage with voters in 2015, telling him to "stop moaning".

@curv_org @TeacherROAR Stop moaning. Read the speeches. Do some work. Your industry will be rewarded,

Tristram Hunt@TristramHuntMPFollow

@curv_org @TeacherROAR Stop moaning. Read the speeches. Do some work. Your industry will be rewarded,

11:06 PM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mann told politics.co.uk that Hunt's words meant Labour had "definitely lost my vote".

"I felt very condescended by him," Mann said. "I felt that he was treating me like a little person.

"I think politicians have lost the idea of who their employers really are and who they are meant to serve."

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at siraj.datoo@buzzfeed.com.

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