Now the former Sunday Times journalist has landed a new role as head of media for the UK’s Conservative group in the European Parliament.
John is expected to take up the Brussels-based post next month.
He said: “Politics was my first love in journalism, so this is the perfect opportunity to deploy the skills and experience I built up in newspapers in a fresh and challenging arena.
“Our Conservative MEPs are part of a new and exciting grouping in Brussels and they’ll be campaigning strongly on key issues that affect us all. I’m looking forward to joining them and getting stuck in to put across their important message.”
The role, which was advertised on HoldtheFrontPage, will involve managing press liaison and helping to shape regional and national media strategy for the Conservative leadership and MEPs.
Before taking up his role at The Star, John edited the Evening Courier, Halifax, for six years and is also a former deputy editor of the Yorkshire Post and northern correspondent of the Sunday Times.
John’s old job in Sheffield has now gone to Jeremy Clifford, formerly editor of the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, who had been standing in there since shortly after John’s departure.