John Woodcock (politician)

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John Woodcock
Shadow Minister for Transport
Assumed office
9 October 2010
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Willie Bain
Member of Parliament
for Barrow and Furness
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by John Hutton
Majority 5,208 (11.8%)
Personal details
Born (1978-10-14) 14 October 1978 (age 35)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire[1]
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of Edinburgh

John Zak Woodcock[2] (born 14 October 1978)[3] is a British Labour Co-operative politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Barrow and Furness since 2010.

Early and personal life[edit]

Woodcock was born in Sheffield, attended the University of Edinburgh and worked as an aide to John Hutton from 2005 to 2008 and later a special advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[4] He is married to Mandy Telford, president of the National Union of Students between 2002 and 2004.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Woodcock was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness in the 2010 general election with a majority of 5,208.[6] He succeeded John Hutton, Labour MP for the constituency since 1992.

On 10 October 2010, only five months after being elected to Parliament, he was named a Shadow Minister for Transport. John stepped down from this post in January 2013. From July 2011-January 2013 Woodcock was Chair of Labour Friends of Israel.[7]

He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014[8]

In December 2013, Woodcock publicly announced he was suffering from depression and is now having treatment for the condition.[9]


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  2. ^ "List of Members returned to serve in Parliament at the General Election 2010". London Gazette. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  3. ^ "John Woodcock MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Meet Labour's man set to replace John Hutton". North-West Evening Mail. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  5. ^ Jess Freeman (2010-07-09). "NUS presidents: where are they now?". Total Politics. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Barrow & Furness". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  7. ^ Marcus Dysch (5 July 2011). "Labour Friends of Israel name new chair". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013-14". Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  9. ^ I am depressed and I have decided to get help The Independent, 5 Dec 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Hutton
Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness