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.

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

Anstruther town in Fife, Scotland

Anstruther is a small coastal resort town in Fife, Scotland, situated on the north-shore of the Firth of Forth and 9 mi (14 km) south-southeast of St Andrews. The town comprises two settlements, Anstruther Easter and Anstruther Wester, which are divided by a stream, the Dreel Burn. With a population of 3,500, it is the largest community on the Firth of Forth's north-shore coastline known as the East Neuk. To the east, it merges with the village of Cellardyke.


Lloyd worked as Belfast Correspondent for the news section of the London listings magazine, Time Out , in the early 1970s, and later as a columnist for The Times from 1997 to 1998 and a contributor to the New Statesman until 2003. [3] 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.

<i>Time Out</i> (magazine) magazine

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<i>The Times</i> British daily compact newspaper owned by News UK

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He 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).

Political and other views

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. [4] Lloyd also supported the Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble, believing Trimble could help bring peace to Northern Ireland. [5]

Communist Party of Great Britain communist party in Great Britain dissolved in 1991

The Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) was the largest communist party in Great Britain, although it never became a mass party like those in France and Italy. It existed from 1920 to 1991.

The British and Irish Communist Organisation (B&ICO) was a small but highly influential group based in London, Belfast, Cork, and Dublin. Its leader was Brendan Clifford. The group produced a great number of pamphlets, and many regular publications including The Irish Communist and Workers Weekly in Belfast. Its current formation is as Athol Books with its premier publication being the Irish Political Review. It also continues to publish Church & State, Irish Foreign Affairs, Labour Affairs and Problems.

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom which has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.

In the 1990s, Lloyd was one of several prominent members of Common Voice, a British group that advocated voting reform. [6] A strong supporter of the Blair government, he supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, [7] as well as the Cameron ministry's 2011 military intervention in Libya. [8] In August 2014, he 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. [9]

Tony Blair Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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2003 invasion of Iraq military invasion led by the United States

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Cameron–Clegg coalition Government of the United Kingdom

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Personal life

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

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  1. "Birthdays", The Guardian , p. 35, 15 April 2014
  2. Profile: John Lloyd The Guardian Website.
  3. Wilby, Peter. ‘Rough trade’, New Statesman, 12 July 2004.
  4. John Lloyd, "Tony, the NS and me". New Statesman, 7 May 2007.
  5. Dean Godson, Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, Harper Collins, 2004, p.30, 253-4.
  6. 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.
  7. John Kampfner, "The British Neoconservatives", New Statesman, 12 May 2003.
  8. Lloyd, John (22 April 2015). "Europe's greatest crisis isn't Greece or Ukraine, and it may have no solution". Reuters. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  9. "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26.