John Harris

Journalist & Author

Chairman of housing association behind ’substandard’ development resigns

Sir Robin Young’s decision to stand down from Clarion Housing Group in April comes after reports into residents’ ‘living hell’ at Orchard Village estate
The chairman of the housing association at the heart of a scandal focused on a newly-built East London residential development has announced that he is standing down.
Sir Robin Young, a former high-ranking civil servant during Tony Blair’s time as prime minister, was appointed chair of the newly-created Clarion Housing Group…

‘It feels like a wilfully ignored secret’: how commentators painted Stoke-on-Trent all wrong

The labels that media and politicans use – ‘Brexit capital of Britain’ for Stoke, for example – aren’t always fair, and can be damaging, argues John Harris, who admits he’s done it too
For days before Stoke-on-Trent’s big byelection, the pedestrianised space next to its Potteries shopping centre crawled with activists. They spanned the entire political spectrum, from the Greens to the BNP. Many had come a very long way: there were Labour disciples from…

This Copeland disaster shows just how big Labour’s problems are | John Harris

Yes, there are flashes of hope, and campaigning in Stoke was dogged. But the party is racked by a historic crisis that preceded the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn
Amid Trump, and Brexit, and the political hurly-burly that now regularly grips mainland Europe, it is easy to get the impression that politics no longer follows hard-and-fast rules, and amounts instead to a series of unforeseen events and complete accidents.
Still, at the risk of sounding hopelessly…

What’s the point of building a million new homes if they’re not fit to live in? | John Harris

The dream of a property-owning democracy is ridden with cracks and leaks: ministers say build, build, build – but then fail to ensure proper regulation
They might be the most ubiquitous feature of the modern English landscape, and yet they barely attract any comment: those sprawling newbuild housing developments that seem to surround almost every town and city, offering a promise of comfort and security and a vital foot on the property ladder.
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‘They don’t care about us’: the anger and apathy behind the Stoke byelection – video

As the media get in a lather about the byelection contest between Labour and Ukip, John Harris visits Stoke-on-Trent, the supposed ‘Brexit capital of Britain’. He investigates why so many people there simply don’t vote, and whether the new breed of energetic Labour activists who have arrived in town en masse can somehow change their minds

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