John Woodcock

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BornJohn Zak Woodcock
14 October 1978
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh

Employment.png Shadow Minister for Transport

In office
9 October 2010 - 6 September 2015

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness

In office
7 May 2010 - 6 November 2019

John Woodcock, Baron Walney of the Isle of Walney in the County of Cumbria, is a British politician who was appointed the Independent Adviser on Political Violence and Disruption.[1]

John Woodcock was previously Member of Parliament (MP) for Barrow and Furness from 2010 to 2019 and before that worked as a SPAD to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[2]

A former member of the Labour Party, he endorsed the Conservatives at the UK/2019 General Election.[3]

In 2020, he was ennobled in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list.[4]

Suspension then resignation

John Woodcock was suspended and subsequently had the Labour whip withdrawn on 30 April 2018 following allegations of sexual harassment made against him.[5] He then sat as an Independent MP and on 18 July 2018 resigned from the Labour Party.[6]

Jewish Chronicle

In April 2020, John Woodcock was named as part of a consortium, led by Robbie Gibb and including William Shawcross and John Ware, that put in a bid to purchase the assets of the Jewish Chronicle.[7] The JC chairman Alan Jacobs criticised the offer's anonymity, saying

"A bid for the Jewish Chronicle using money from an unidentified source and fronted by a group of individuals who refuse to tell the world anything of their plans looks like a shameful attempt to hijack the world's oldest Jewish newspaper."[8]

The bid was successful.[9]

Trade Envoy to Tanzania

John Woodcock was nominated for a life peerage in the 2019 Dissolution Honours, along with four other former Labour MPs who had backed Johnson's Brexit deal or endorsed the Conservatives in the election. He was created Baron Walney, of the Isle of Walney in the County of Cumbria, and sits on the crossbenches in the House of Lords.

On 23 August 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Lord Walney as the UK's trade envoy to Tanzania.[10]

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