Simon Fell selected as Conservative candidate for Barrow & Furness

At a special meeting of the Barrow and Furness Conservative Association at the Drill Hall last night, Simon Fell was overwhelmingly selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Barrow and Furness. 

Mr Fell is Chairman of the Barrow and District Credit Union and a director of fraud prevention agency, Cifas. He is married to Pippa and has a 3-year-old daughter, Peg ,with another on the way. Since 2015, Mr Fell has reduced the Labour majority in Barrow to just 209 votes.

Speaking after the selection, Simon said:

I’m delighted by the result tonight. For too long Barrow and Furness has been denied a strong voice representing it in Westminster. Furness needs an MP who will work constructively with the government to deliver the changes we so badly need in our road, rail and broadband networks, who can secure the funding we need for our vital public services, and who will champion the world-class industry in our area.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party offers nothing for Barrow except uncertainty. He wants to shutter our largest employer and will decimate our local economy and public services by doing so.

I’m looking forward to finishing the job we started 5 years ago and turning Barrow blue once again. 

Speaking after the selection, Chair of Barrow and Furness Conservatives, Andrew Butcher, said:

Local Conservatives overwhelmingly voted for Simon. This is absolutely the right result. He is passionate about the area that his family have lived in for generations and has a positive vision for what Barrow and Furness can become. I look forward to seeing him elected in due course.

Statement on John Woodcock's resignation from the Labour Party

On Wednesday 18th July 2018, John Zak Woodcock MP resigned the Labour Party whip. Barrow and Furness is now represented by an independent MP.

Commenting, Simon Fell, Conservative Spokesman for Barrow and Furness, said:

“I was saddened to read John’s resignation letter and have laid bare the absolute mess that the current Labour party is in.

“We now have an MP with zero influence either with the government or the opposition - a sorry state of affairs. Similarly, John’s actions have only highlighted that Labour are also divided and in chaos locally.

“John admitted himself that he was elected on a wafer-thin margin on the back of Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity last year. His actions now clearly break that trust.

“I’m glad that John has now stated that he will seek to support the government, especially as we now face the critical task of honouring the wishes of the 60% of Barrovians’ who voted to leave the EU.

“The hard-left Labour Party is a risk to Barrow’s prosperity. We can’t trust them with Barrow’s future, or our country's economy.”

Simon welcomes Boris’ pledge to keep Barrow jobs

Boris Johnson’s backing to Barrow’s submarine programme has been welcomed as great news for the region, guaranteeing work for thousands of local residents.

Simon Fell, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Barrow and Furness said he was delighted the new Prime Minister has already pledged his support for the Dreadnought programme, which he called a ‘vital national asset’.

Simon said:

“I’m delighted that the Prime Minister has recognised how important it is to maintain a Continuous at Sea Deterrent and the vital important role every single worker at Barrow’s famous shipyards play in this.

“As he said in the Commons, the real threat to this deterrent and these livelihoods would be a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour party in charge at Number 10. All Barrovians know that lifelong CND member Jeremy Corbyn does not support Barrow’s proud history of boat-building. He is a threat to livelihoods across Furness.

“Mr Johnson has only been in place for a few days, but he has already pledged a host of measures to get our country back on the road to a brighter future, including getting Brexit done by 31 October , with a great new deal for Britain.

 “He has also promised to hire 20,000 new police officers across the country, more investment in the NHS and schools, all pledges which I believe will benefit and will be welcomed by everyone across Barrow and Furness and the whole of Cumbria, as well as the country.”