History





2007-2017



SCT was the brainchild of Peter Bradley, former Labour MP for The Wrekin and a public affairs consultant. He gathered a small, supportive group to develop the aims and objectives of the charity, and to form the first Board of Trustees. Peter stepped down as director in 2018. Peter can be contacted at petercsbradley@gmail.com.


Local Speakers’ Corners


Under Peter’s guidance, SCT was instrumental in helping to establish a number of physical speakers’ corners across England. The first pilot Corner launched in King Street Nottingham in February 2008, and the second was in Lichfield in 2009. Run by local committees of volunteer enthusiasts, the Corners organise annual programmes of gatherings to debate, campaign, or simply celebrate something together. Other Corners were started in Croydon, Reading, Medway, Ipswich, Leeds, Brighton & Hove, Sheffield, Bradford, Leicester, Herefordshire, Walthamstow, Lincoln, and Bristol. However most are now dormant, awaiting the renewed interest of an active group of local citizens!