John Harris

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Virtually anywhere but Westminster: ‘We’ve found a new kind of sincerity’

In lockdown, our series is using footage sent in from around the UK to tell the story of the world outside the political bubble

The day after the 2019 general election we were on an early-morning train from Stoke-on-Trent to London, feeling as if a long and messy chapter of recent British history had at last come to some kind of full stop. Brexit was a certainty, the Conservatives had won a big parliamentary majority, and the Labour party was more estranged than ever from its old heartlands. Having covered a country in mounting political ferment since 2010, we thought we could at least put Anywhere but Westminster on pause.

I have found moments of emotion in the footage that it would be hard to match in anything I shot myself

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