Barrow & Furness

2010 Result:
Conservative: 16018 (36.3%)
Labour: 21226 (48.1%)
Lib Dem: 4424 (10%)
BNP: 840 (1.9%)
Green: 530 (1.2%)
UKIP: 841 (1.9%)
Independent: 245 (0.6%)
MAJORITY: 5208 (11.8%)

Category: Safe Labour seat

Geography: North West, Cumbria. The whole of the Barrow in Furness council area and part of the South Lakeland council area.

Main population centres: Barrow in Furness, Ulverston, Broughton in Furness.

Profile: The Furness peninsula and the area to the north of it. Barrow itself is an important industrial town, a major deepwater port and shipbuilding town, one of few sites capable of constructing nuclear submarines. It is also important for energy generation, with the Roosecote Power Station, the terminals for the Morecambe Bay gas field, servicing major offshore wind farms in the Irish sea. Note that the town and the council are called Barrow IN Furness, but since 1983 the seat has been called Barrow AND Furness.

Politics: This is a Labour leaning seat, represented by the party for most of the time since the second world war. The exception was 1983-1992 when the Conservatives won the seat, perhaps due to Labour`s then support for nuclear disarmament and the constituency`s connection with submarine building..

Current MP
JOHN WOODCOCK (Labour) Born 1978, Sheffield. Educated at Edinburgh University. Former special advisor to Gordon Brown. First elected as MP for Barrow and Furness in 2010.
Past Results
Con: 11323 (31%)
Lab: 17360 (48%)
LDem: 6130 (17%)
UKIP: 758 (2%)
Oth: 922 (3%)
MAJ: 6037 (17%)
Con: 11835 (30%)
Lab: 21724 (56%)
LDem: 4750 (12%)
UKIP: 711 (2%)
MAJ: 9889 (25%)
Con: 13133 (27%)
Lab: 27630 (57%)
LDem: 4264 (9%)
Oth: 1995 (4%)
MAJ: 14497 (30%)
Con: 22990 (41%)
Lab: 26568 (48%)
LDem: 6089 (11%)
MAJ: 3578 (6%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Other 2015 Candidates
SIMON FELL (Conservative) Born Lancashire. Educated at Warwick University.
CLIVE PEAPLE (Liberal Democrat) Retired headteacher.
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  1. Am I right in think the MP here stands for the Co-Operative Party as well as Labour?

    Perhaps Anthony might amend the biographies of the MPs concerned to show if they are Labour and Co-operative, rather than just Labour. This has not recently been very important, but it may be significant at the next General Election.

  2. John Woodcock MP: “I’m depressed and I’ve decided to get help”

    All those years carrying bags for Gordon Brown is enough to make anyone depressed

  3. Well that is a very unpleasant thing to say I’m afraid.

    How much do people who post on here actually know about me BTW……………………?

    Is it any wonder there are now so many Historians, NHS, ,charity workers etc in the Labour party now either………..?

    And Gordon Brown was not a good PM but I usually judge people based on a range of factors.

  4. Prediction for 2015-
    Woodcock (Labour)- 53%
    Conservative- 33%
    UKIP- 7%
    Liberal Democrat- 6%
    Others- 1%

  5. The reason I found Hemellig’s views on John Woodcock so troubling are that I have a physical neurological condition (i.e. a narrow cerebral aqueduct so I have a VP shunt which has blocked and required multiple operations over my life)

    I have been accused of having mental health problems and having panic attacks before by people who should have known better. Pressure built up in my skull 9 years ago, which was not treated promptly enough and I was gravely ill and I do not wish that on anyone else.

    I don’t have a medical background but know a surprsing amount about neurology, other medical conditions and even belatedly a bit about psychology now.

  6. I am sorry that you do not enjoy the best of physical health & wish you well for the future. I also applaud John Woodcock for being grown-up and honest with his constituents and hope that he enjoys better mental health in the years to come.

  7. And just for the avoidance of doubt I’m not someone who takes any pills or anything whatsoever.

    All I do is try and think about absolutely everything properly all the time which other people don’t bother to do.

    Hard to know where to ‘draw the line’ with people though!

  8. “The reason I found Hemellig’s views on John Woodcock so troubling are that I have a physical neurological condition (i.e. a narrow cerebral aqueduct so I have a VP shunt which has blocked and required multiple operations over my life)”

    Can you please show me where I have expressed any view on John Woodcock’s illness? All I did was link to the story and remark on how stressful it must have been to work for Gordon Brown, which after all is a well documented fact.

    We are all very sorry to hear about your problems but its a strange way to try to elicit sympathy by constantly slandering other posters and inventing things they haven’t said. Anthony told you to give it a rest yesterday so why don’t you listen to him and focus on the psephology.

  9. Gordon Brown’s office must have sometimes seemed like the Victorian Bedlam.

  10. John Woodcock has announced he’s training to be a classroom assistant one day per week.

  11. After the Euro election result, this can no longer be considered a safe Labour seat. Labour polled 4297, Ukip polled 4096. Had fake party ‘An Independence from Europe’ who polled 197 not been allowed to stand by the unfit for purpose Electoral Commission, the margin may have been as little as 4 votes.

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