John Lloyd (journalist)

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John Lloyd

John Lloyd (born 15 April 1946)[1] is a journalist, presently contributing editor to the Financial Times, [2] where he has been Labour Editor, Industrial editor, East European Editor and Moscow Bureau Chief.

Lloyd was born and raised in Anstruther, Fife, by his grandparents and mother, a beautician.

In the 1970s, Lloyd was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and later the British and Irish Communist Organisation. He then became a supporter of the Labour Party. [3]

Lloyd became a freelance journalist in 1996, and worked as a columnist for The Times from 1997 to 1998 and a contributor to the New Statesman until 2003.[4]

In the 1990s, Lloyd was one of several prominent members of Common Voice, a British group that advocated voting reform. [5] Lloyd also supported the Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble, believing Trimble could help bring peace to Northern Ireland.[6]

Lloyd,a strong supporter of the Blair government, also supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq. [7]

In 2006 he co-founded the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is director of the Axess Programme on Journalism and Democracy.

Lloyd is a member of the editorial board of Prospect, the advisory board of the Moscow School of Political Studies and is a columnist for La Repubblica of Rome. He has won awards for journalism, including Specialist Writer of the Year in the British Press Awards and Journalist of the Year in the Granada What the Papers Say Awards.

His books include Loss without Limit: the British Miners' Strike (with Martin Adeney,1985); Rebirth of a Nation: an Anatomy of Russia (1998), What the Media are doing to our Politics (2004), and Reporting the EU: News, Media and the European Institutions (with Cristina Marconi, 2014)

He is married with one son, Jacob, from a previous marriage.

In August 2014, Lloyd was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[8]


  1. ^ "Birthdays", The Guardian, 15 April 2014: 35 
  2. ^ Profile: John Lloyd The Guardian Website.
  3. ^ John Lloyd, "Tony, the NS and me". The New Statesman, 7 May 2007.
  4. ^ Wilby, Peter. ‘Rough trade’, New Statesman, 12 July 2004.
  5. ^ John Lloyd and others, "Letters", The Guardian, 2 January 1992, p.18. Other signatories of the letter included Gerald Aylmer, Beatrix Campbell, Dick Pountain, Nina Fishman and David Marquand.
  6. ^ Dean Godson, Himself Alone:David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, Harper Collins, 2004, p.30, 253-4.
  7. ^ John Kampfner, "The British Neoconservatives", New Statesman, 12 May 2003.
  8. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26.