John Harris

Journalist & Author

South West voters: Tell us what issues will decide this election

The Guardian’s Anywhere but Westminster video series is back on the road to find out which issues people in the UK most care about – and they want your help along the way
For the last six years, The Guardian’s Anywhere But Westminster video series has chronicled huge political changes in the UK, from where the action has really happened: not the centres of power, but in our communities. From the Scottish independence referendum…

We carry on giving, but isn’t charity an offence to basic dignity? | John Harris

Schools and hospitals are, more and more, surviving on donations – a sign of how Darwinian our nation has become
Someone needs cancer treatment only available in Germany. Someone else is leading a 187-mile bike ride across India to pay for research into brain tumours. Top right is a team of swimmers with learning disabilities who want to attend an international competition in Sheffield; bottom left is a girl who desperately needs a bone marrow…

Sir Howard Bernstein on reinventing Manchester: ‘Remarkable things have been achieved’

As the city’s veteran chief executive calls time on a career that transformed the skyline from one of post-industrial decline to thriving metropolis, he talks about the threat of Brexit, the future for the northern powerhouse and why George Osborne is ‘a top guy’
‘I don’t think anybody can ever say that a city is complete,” says Sir Howard Bernstein. “Cities constantly reinvent themselves, and there are different phases in a city’s transformation. So the…

Guilt by association: the housing developments that went sour

Housing associations have been run for the good of tenants and communities since the 19th century. But with many new developments plagued by shoddy building and a priority on profit, are they leaving their best ideals behind?
The Caulfield Park housing development in west London sits on a little bit of televisual history. The estate it replaced in South Acton was once the filming location for the fictional Nelson Mandela House, the high-rise home of…

MPs call for sweeping changes to housing association regulation

Demand comes after Guardian investigation uncovered issues including damp and rats at newbuild developments
The regulation of housing associations needs sweeping changes, MPs have told the Guardian, after an investigation into troubled new-build developments that have benefited from more than £60m of public money.
The investigation into properties across London found issues with five housing associations: Catalyst, Sanctuary, Notting Hill Housing, Wandle and the One Housing Group, who together control 175,000 homes. Problems experienced by…

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