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Monday, 24 June 2013, 1:00PM
Museum of London

Free Speech, Idiocy and the Challenge of Citizenship

Peter Bradley

What use are rights we do not exercise? Peter Bradley calls for a reinvigoration of our commitment to free expression and argues that association between citizens and the free, face-to-face exchange of ideas, information and opinions is a key not just to rebuilding trust and participation in our democracy but also to creating a more successful, a more robust and indeed a happier society.

This is fourth of the Mondays at One series of lectures, From St Paul's Cross to Hyde Park Corner: Public Oratory in London from the Middle Ages to the Present Day. The other lectures in this series are as follows:
    The Development of the Early English Newspaper
    The Suffragettes
    The Mosley Riots

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Peter Bradley is the director of Speakers’ Corner Trust, a national charity which which promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship.

From 1997 to 2005, he was MP for The Wrekin, serving as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Rural Affairs from 2001 to 2005 and chairing the Rural Group of Labour MPs between 1997 and 2001. He was a member of Westminster City Council from 1986 to 1996.

Before entering Parliament, Peter ran his own public affairs consultancy, Millbank Consultants, and was previously a director of Good Relations and the research director of the Centre for Contemporary Studies.

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

He is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the press. His extended essay AntiSocial Britain and the Challenge of Citizenship was published in June 2007 by the Social Market Foundation.

Peter Bradley can be contacted on peterbradley@speakerscornertrust.org

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24 June 2013

Free Speech, Idiocy and the Challenge of Citizenship
Peter Bradley

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