| Lord Walney |
|Born||John Zak Woodcock|
14 October 1978
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
John Woodcock, Baron Walney of the Isle of Walney in the County of Cumbria, is a British politician serving as Independent Adviser on Political Violence and Disruption.
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John Woodcock was suspended and subsequently had the Labour whip withdrawn on 30 April 2018 following allegations of sexual harassment made against him. He then sat as an Independent MP and on 18 July 2018 resigned from the Labour Party.
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. 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."
The bid was successful.
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.
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