Barrow MP John Woodcock, who resigned from the Labour Party rather than face an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, has been at arm’s length from many of his constituents since he closed his Barrow-in-Furness constituency office and left them a sign directing them to Ulverston, a drive of about ten miles away – to an office only open three hours, three days a week.
In spite of the changes and their exposure on the SKWAWKBOX, Woodcock’s parliamentary page still shows the Barrow address as his constituency office, weeks later.
A constituent contacted the SKWAWKBOX with the news that ‘Woodcock is finally about to be seen in Ulverston’ and a link to the local newspaper’s Facebook page, which posted a link to an article about Woodcock’s plans to open his office tomorrow – for two hours – during the town’s Dickensian Festival to offer constituents a ‘cuppa’ and asked:
Fancy meeting John Woodcock?
The response was not encouraging:
Almost every one of the fifty-three responses so far is negative, with one constituent even commenting “I’d rather roll round naked on barbed wire“.
Woodcock has also been mocked for the resemblance of his office – whose windows have been decorated for the festival – to a prison, with local wags asking:
Has John Woodcock been sent to a Victorian prison for impersonating a Labour MP?
But a photograph of his office, taken yesterday, shows that in spite of resigning from the Labour Party, Woodcock’s Ulverston office remains liveried as that of a Labour MP:
He is, of course, no longer entitled to that appellation.
Mr Woodcock has previously indicated that he “can’t” talk to the SKWAWKBOX. Read the full responses to the announcement of his ‘cuppa’ event here.
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