Lord Walney

Lord Walney is a Non-affiliated Life peer who has sat under this title in the Lords since 15 September 2020. His full title is The Lord Walney, and his given name is John Woodcock. Prior to joining the Lords, he sat in the Commons as an MP, and was first elected in 2010.


Find out about the experience of Lord Walney outside of Parliament.

Non political

The Furness Future Leaders’ Academy
2013 -
No. 10 Downing Street
Political Spokesperson
2008 - 2009
Department for Business, Energy and Regulatory Reform
Special Advisor
2007 - 2008
The Cabinet Office
Special Advisor
2005 -
Department for Work and Pensions
Special Advisor
2005 - 2007
The Labour Party
2003 - 2005
Scotsman newspaper
1999 - 2002


Backbench foreign affairs group of the Parliamentary Labour Party
2017 - 2018
The Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme
2016 -
Backbench defence group of the Parliamentary Labour Party
2015 - 2017
All-party parliamentary Friends of Syria group
Vice Chair
2015 - 2019
Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe
2014 - 2018

Public life

UK Special Envoy for countering violent extremisim
2019 -