John Woodcock Labour and Co-operative MP for Barrow and Furness

John Woodcock was elected MP for Barrow and Furness on 6 May, 2010, with a majority of 5,208.

He was born in Sheffield and attended his local comprehensive, Tapton School.

He went on to gain a degree in English and History at Edinburgh University, where he was active in student politics.

John was a journalist on the Scotsman in Edinburgh before deciding he could make a bigger difference by moving into the world of politics.

In London he was an adviser to cabinet minister John Hutton on issues ranging from supporting businesses to manufacturing and welfare reform.

He was political spokesman to Gordon Brown before being elected to Parliament.

Five months after being elected John became a shadow transport minister with responsibility for roads and motoring.

John is married to Mandy and they have a young daughter, Maisie.

He follows FA Trophy holders Barrow AFC and Barrow Raiders as well as remaining loyal to Sheffield Wednesday, the team he grew up with.