John Lloyd is a journalist, presently contributing editor to the Financial Times, where he has been Labour Editor, Industrial editor, East European Editor, and Moscow Bureau Chief.BackgroundLloyd was born and raised in Anstruther, Fife, by his grandparents and mother, a beautician.CareerLloyd 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. 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.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 viewsIn 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. Lloyd also supported the Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble, believing Trimble could help bring peace to Northern Ireland.