2024 Reporting homelessness prize short list

Liam Thorp

Liverpool Echo

Liam Thorp is the Liverpool Echo’s award-winning political editor. As well as covering all aspects of politics, he has developed a reputation for reporting in depth on subjects of poverty, housing, homelessness and social affairs.
He has twice been named the regional press specialist reporter of the year and in 2023 was nominated for a Private Eye’s prestigious Paul Foot award.

In 2023, Liam’s reporting took him to the frontline of Liverpool’s homelessness and housing crisis after the city council declared an emergency. He gained the trust of those living at the sharpest end of the crisis and investigated the perfect storm of problems facing the city, including how a government plan to reduce its asylum backlog had created a humanitarian catastrophe on the streets of the city.
His work was hugely influential and went viral online, being read and shared hundreds of thousands of times.

Liam lives in south Liverpool with his wife, baby son and Romanian rescue dog.

His shortlisted pieces are: