John is proud of his record of standing up for Furness throughout his time representing the area, and has already shown his commitment to his constituents and his beliefs in this election. He has not been afraid to share his views, whether it be on the absolute necessity of retaining Trident, the lacklustre Labour Leadership, or fighting for our maternity wards and the local NHS.
Furness needs a strong Labour voice to stand up for it in parliament, and hold the Tories to account for the cuts that are wreaking havoc on our public services. From the potential closure of the Ulverston Post Office, to local NHS services and schools funding cuts, this area needs an independent-minded, strong MP to fight for its future.
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A bit more about John:
John Woodcock was elected the Labour-Cooperative member of parliament for Barrow and Furness in May 2010.
He has lived on Walney since first becoming a Labour candidate and is deeply grateful to the people of Furness for being so welcoming to this off-comer from the wrong side of the Pennines.
He was delighted, if a little surprised, to be named sports parliamentarian of the year for his private members bill protecting bowling greens.
Since becoming a member of parliament, John has championed things that matter to his constituents, including the Save Our Hospital campaign which he helped found, his Cumbria Better Connected campaign for transport improvements, the foundation of the Furness Poverty Commission and promoting education through the establishment of a local summer school, for which he trained as a teaching assistant.
In parliament, John served as a shadow minister for transport between 2010 and 2013, but had to step down as he recovered from a nasty fall off 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.
He has previously sat on the defence committee and has taken an active interest in foreign affairs. Between 2011-2013 John served as chair of Labour Friends of Israel and is formerly chair of Labour campaign organisation and think-tank Progress. He is currently chair of the Labour backbench committee on Defence.
John started his career as a journalist working on the Scotsman, before deciding he could make more of a difference in the Labour Party. He served as an adviser to former Barrow MP John Hutton in the Cabinet Office, Department for Work and Pensions and Business Department. Between 2008 and 2009 he was political spokesman for Prime Minister Gordon Brown in Downing Street.
John has two wonderful young daughters who mean the world to him. His main goal in life is to combine being a good dad alongside being a good MP for his constituents.