Here you will find news in brief about significant developments in SCT’s work and events organised by local Speakers’ Corner Committees.

  • SCT’s National Launch

    April 2008

    Following the successful launch of Speakers’ Corner Trust’s pilot project in Nottingham in February, SCT was itself launched as a national charity on 22 April at a reception generously hosted by Clifford Chance at its headquarters offices in Canary Wharf.

    sct-launch-22-april-2008-006.jpgGuest of honour Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Justice and chair of SCT’s Advisory Council, told 100 guests from the public, private and voluntary sectors:

    “A hundred and fifty years ago, open air sct-launch-22-april-2008-001.jpgmeetings in towns and cities were at the heart of the hurly-burly of political life on everything from corn prices to electoral reform. At a time when politicians and institutions are seen as remote and out of touch, the Speakers’ Corner initiative is an important attempt to revitalise this tradition and encourage local communities to take part in political debate and have their say.

    “In the UK we sometimes forget how lucky we are to have free speech and what an important part it plays in our modern day life. The Speakers’ Corner project is a celebration of that freedom and a vital tool in the drive to combat political disengagement at home and abroad.”

    For news of SCT’s Nottingham pilot project, please click here.

    And to see Eddie Izzard’s message to Nottingham or his interview with Jon Sopel on BBC1’s Politics Show (Sunday 17 February) in which he speaks of his support for the Speakers’ Corner initiative, please click here.

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