Peter Bradley

Director of Speakers' Corner Trust, a charity which promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship, and a former Labour MP

Peter Bradley is the director of Speakers’ Corner Trust, a UK-based charity which promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship. SCT has developed a network of local projects in the UK and a national
initiative in Nigeria.

He was Labour MP for The Wrekin between 1997 and 2005, serving as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at DEFRA from 2001 to 2005.

Since leaving Parliament, Peter served on the Government’s Affordable Rural Housing Commission and the Housing Corporation’s Rural Housing Advisory Group and chaired the Community Stations Initiative. He is Patron of AFC Telford United.

Peter is a regular broadcaster, lecturer and contributor to the press. His writings include the extended essay AntiSocial Britain and the Challenge of Citizenship, published by the Social Market Foundation, and the lecture The Challenge of Citizenship - Trust, Participation and Free Speech
After Brexit - There's A Cause Worth Fighting

After Brexit - There's A Cause Worth Fighting For

At the base of Karl Marx's tomb is inscribed his precept that "the philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways - the point however is to change it". Like the EU, he wasn't all right. But nor, like the EU, was he all wrong.
28/03/2017 13:38 BST
Corbyn Meets Trump In The Age Of

Corbyn Meets Trump In The Age Of Unreason

Both campaigns have deliberately bypassed rational argument. They play instead to the emotional response of angry people for whom reason no longer makes sense. Since the time of Plato and Aristotle, democracy's critics have warned of the ease with which reason can be subverted and citizens seduced by the false oratory of charismatic leaders.
31/08/2016 17:04 BST
Jeremy Corbyn Is Not Labour's Problem -

Jeremy Corbyn Is Not Labour's Problem - Yet

It is crucial that over the coming month at least one of the mainstream candidates rises to that challenge. As things stand, I only know the candidate I can't support and that is not enough.
14/08/2015 14:41 BST
Losing Isn't

Losing Isn't Everything

For a large majority of our fellow citizens, last week's election is already a distant memory. The tiny minority of the politically committed are beginning to come to terms with the outcome and, after a brief moment of introspection, the media juggernaut has returned to what it does most, if not best, namely speculating about the future. But for a small number, the world has not moved on. They are still trapped in the wreckage of events which for them really were life-changing. They are the XMPs and, though this may not be a popular sentiment, my heart goes out to them...
12/05/2015 23:16 BST
Free Speech and Offence - Seeking the Invisible

Free Speech and Offence - Seeking the Invisible Line

The debate about the balance between the freedom to express opinions and the rights of those offended by them is by no means a new one. But though it's intensified since the attacks in Paris, it's doubtful that we're any closer to knowing whether and where the line can be drawn.
03/02/2015 14:35 GMT
We Won't Rehabilitate Politics Until We Restore

We Won't Rehabilitate Politics Until We Restore Citizenship

I've nothing against Sajid Javid. I'm sure he'll be well briefed about the history of this iconic space and that his warm words about the importance of free speech will be heartfelt. But that a Government Minister should be there at all, appropriating a space and a freedom traditionally reserved for the powerless, the dispossessed and the dissident illustrates a profound misconception of everything Speakers' Corner has stood for and ought to mean today.
18/06/2014 14:21 BST