John Woodcock

MP for Barrow and Furness


John Woodcock was first elected as a member of parliament for Barrow and Furness in May 2010 and is a proud champion of the UK nuclear submarine programme being built in Barrow shipyard and across the UK.

He resigned from the Labour Party in 2018 with concerns that the party had stopped being the broad church it once was. He has been a vocal critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s position on foreign policy and defence and the danger it poses to manufacturing and engineering jobs in his constituency. He a strong advocate for the UK to be more robust defending liberal democratic values and international rule of law that are being threatened by the rise of populism and extremism here and abroad. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies was recently awarded an MA in International Security and Strategy from Kings College London having focused on the way ISIS lured recruits.

John served as a Labour shadow minister for transport until 2013 but had to step down as he recovered from a nasty fall from his attic ladder. He admitted suffering from depression triggered by the slow recovery from his accident and now campaigns to raise awareness of mental health issues, which affect one in four of us in any given year.

While serving as an MP, he trained as a teaching assistant to gain a better understanding of the pressure faced by schools in his constituency and launched a summer programme to help inspire young people in Furness to aim higher. He studied English and History at Edinburgh University and his first job was as a journalist at The Scotsman newspaper. He has two young daughters, and enjoys life in the Lake District cycling, crown green bowling and swimming in the lakes, whatever the weather.

  • First elected to parliament in 2010, and again in 2015 and 2017
  • Shadow Transport Minister between 2010 and 2013
  • Shadow Education Minister in 2015
  • Member of the Defence Select Committee 2010 and 2013-2015
  • Chair of Labour’s backbench defence committee, 2015 to 2017
  • Chair of Labour’s backbench foreign affairs committee, 2017-2018
  • Member of the Home Affairs Select Committee 2018-2019
  • Became and Independent MP in 2018

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