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
Succeeded by MP
Member of Parliament
for Barrow and Furness
Assumed office
7 May 2010
Preceded by John Hutton
Majority 795
Personal details
Born (1978-10-14) 14 October 1978 (age 36)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire[1]
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Website Official website

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] [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]

Woodcock is chair of Progress, a corporation-, charity- and union-funded group within the British Labour Party, promoting Blairist policies within the party.[9]

In March 2015 Woodcock was reported to the UK Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to determine whether his office had breached parliamentary rules. The investigation concerned his office's use of public funds for postage-paid envelopes and whether this contravened a rule which prohibits public funds being used to support the return of a person to public office. The postage-paid envelopes had been used in relation to a local Save Our Hospital campaign, an issue the local Conservative candidate claimed was prominent on Woodcock's 2015 General Election campaign leaflets.[10]

In December 2013, Woodcock publicly announced he was suffering from depression and is now having treatment for the condition.[11]


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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. ^ "Progress Chair and Vice-chairs". Progress Online. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  10. ^ "Barrow MP reported to watchdog over envelopes for raffle". North-West Evening Mail 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 
  11. ^ 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