Manchester: what changed, and what comes next?

John Harris and Jennifer Williams

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Date and time
2 November 2022
6.30 pm

Benzie Building, Manchester Metropolitan University
Higher Ormond Street,
Manchester M15 6BG
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£10.00 (non-members)

Wheelchair accessible



How has Manchester changed to such an extent? And what lessons does its journey hold for other places?

Former Manchester Evening News and now Financial Times journalist Jennifer Williams and Guardian columnist John Harris both have a long-standing interest in how Manchester has been revived and regenerated over the last 30 years, and the big social issues its transformation has highlighted.

Where is Manchester and its surrounding region now heading?

With Boris Johnson’s ideas about “levelling up” apparently fading and Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham using his new job to carve out a different kind of politics, there are huge questions to address. Not just for Manchester, for the whole of the country.

John and Jennifer will share and explore their personal perspectives in this ‘in conversation’ style event.

This event was originally due to take place on 15th September. The event was rescheduled to 2nd November due to the planned rail strike.

John Harris

John Harris is a journalist, film-maker and podcaster whose work mainly appears in The Guardian. He was born in Manchester, brought up nearby in Cheshire, and educated between the ages of 16 and 18 in Hulme. He is the co-creator of Anywhere But Westminster, the video series about politics beyond centres of power that won the 2021 Orwell Prize for political journalism, and the presenter of the Guardian’s podcast Politics Weekly UK. He also writes a weekly column about politics, and life.

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams is Northern Correspondent for the Financial Times and former Politics and Investigations Editor of the Manchester Evening News. She is committed to exposing injustice and explaining the truth, putting public interest centre of everything she does. She gives a voice to the northern perspective at a time when it could not be more important. Investigations have included NHS failures, housing, the asylum system and the drug SPICE. She has appeared on The Andrew Marr Show (BBC), Sky, Five Live and has a huge following on Twitter.