Barrow & Furness

2015 Result:
Conservative: 17525 (40.5%)
Labour: 18320 (42.3%)
Lib Dem: 1169 (2.7%)
Green: 1061 (2.5%)
UKIP: 5070 (11.7%)
Independent: 130 (0.3%)
MAJORITY: 795 (1.8%)

Category: Ultra-marginal 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
2010
Con: 16018 (36%)
Lab: 21226 (48%)
LDem: 4424 (10%)
UKIP: 841 (2%)
Oth: 1615 (4%)
MAJ: 5208 (12%)
2005*
Con: 11323 (31%)
Lab: 17360 (48%)
LDem: 6130 (17%)
UKIP: 758 (2%)
Oth: 922 (3%)
MAJ: 6037 (17%)
2001
Con: 11835 (30%)
Lab: 21724 (56%)
LDem: 4750 (12%)
UKIP: 711 (2%)
MAJ: 9889 (25%)
1997
Con: 13133 (27%)
Lab: 27630 (57%)
LDem: 4264 (9%)
Oth: 1995 (4%)
MAJ: 14497 (30%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
SIMON FELL (Conservative) Born Lancashire. Educated at Warwick University.
JOHN WOODCOCK (Labour) See above.
CLIVE PEAPLE (Liberal Democrat) Retired headteacher.
NIGEL CECIL (UKIP)
ROBERT O`HARA (Green) Small businessman and former teacher.
IAN JACKSON (Independent)
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Comments - 111 Responses on “Barrow & Furness”
  1. To be honest I think this has to be seen in the context of wider Labour party divisions and has to be debated in an open way to minimise the internal divisions and political capital SNP and the Tories will try and make from it.

    It’s also good to see pro trident Andy Burnham being honest about this.

    If the ‘damage is indeed done’ then a debate won’t do any further damage as Trident is certain to go through anyway even if every single Labour MP voted against trident.

    I’m still not convinced Trident is important as the economy and other issues but I admit Corbyn may well come undone on his wackier ideas on NATO and the Falklands which is more likely to be his undoing pre 2020.

    I think the idea that things would be hunky dory if Labour had simply elected a pro trident leader in September is a bit naive as well, even in Scotland Kezia Dugdale and Ian Murray would still hold diametrically opposed views.

    I should add that I don’t think it’s worth labour tearing itself apart over even though I’m leaning towards a rejection of trident.

    I agree Barrow may well be almost certainly be lost now in 2020 now anyway.

  2. The issue isn’t Trident per se – many people across the political spectrum are sceptical of it. It is the fact that with Corbyn & McDonnell the issue is a proxy for their wider views on defence & terrorism. Of course it wouldn’t all be hunky dory with a pro Trident leader but it would be hunkier and dorier than under Corbyn.

    After Corbyn has gone the party will have to spend the best part of a decade trying to persuade the public it wouldn’t get rid of nuclear weapons unilaterally, give back the Falklands, talk to IS, support the IRA etc etc etc. That’s even if the next leader wants to do that…..if they are a Corbyn protégé they won’t.

  3. We are busy attacking Labour; but in fairness we ought also to be attacking Cameron for proposing to spend £30 billion plus on Trident without even thinking about the issues.

    I agree that it will take Labour many years do undo their poor reputation on defence issues. But they could start by taking a fresh, dispassionate, look at what defence the UK needs.

    We rightly criticise the extreme views of Corbyn and his allies; but many of the extremists in the defence establishment, not least GMBATU, scare the life out of me. Both sides have lost touch with the basics.

  4. ‘…but many of the extremists in the defence establishment, not least GMBATU, scare the life out of me’

    The General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trades Union?

  5. Yes. They are placing us at risk of nuclear war by insisting on having obsolete nuclear weapons instead of effective non-nuclear ones. Sooner or later somebody is going to go to nuclear war in the Middle East out of desperation and frustration.

  6. Labour has suspended Tom O’Carroll here.

    The paedophile rights’ campaigner was revealed by The Times to be a Labour Party member here in Barrow who re-joined last year to support Jeremy Corbyn.

    He still supports sex with 12-year-olds, but said he no longer supports full sex with 4-year-olds.

    John Woodcock has said O’Carroll should be expelled by the NEC.

  7. John Woodcock has written an article in the Daily Mirror calling on Labour MPs to rally against Jeremy Corbyn as Leader.

  8. Can I first check that John Woodcock is actually a member of the Labour Party and that he supports the Labour Pary and obeys its rules.

    He is quite right to suggest that a member who supports sex with 12 year olds and has in the past supported sex with 4 year olds should be expelled in accordance with Labour Party rules. Apart from anything else, such a person would be bringing the Labour Pary into disrepute.

    I don’t belong to Labour myself, so in one sense it is not my business. but if Labour puts up with paedophiles they will lose masses of votes.

  9. O’Carroll was indeed expelled by the NEC, FS.

    As was Derek Hatton and that Revolutionary who appeared on the BBC Daily Politics, a fortnight ago.

  10. Did Derek Hatton even have his membership approved to be expelled.

  11. Derek Hatton was a delegate to the Labour Party Conference at which he was expelled, so he will have had his membership checked. The Labour Party had then recently tightened up its membership checks as a non-member had been elected to the NEC at a previous Conference (this was covered up.)

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