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Penderel's Oak - Four years on

 

Last week in order to celebrate libel reform we decided to have a reunion. A full house in the basement of the Penderel's Oak saw a number of libel reform supporters give their peronsal tales of what the campaign has achieved and what needs to happen next.

Simon Singh: "Thank you to everyone who was there four years ago because I was at the point of buckling and I could easily have caved in, but the support and confidence and courage you gave me meant I carried on fighting".

Brian Cox: "It amazes me that rational thought is such a niche activity that it needs a campaign like this to push it forward! [...] I'd like to thank Simon in particular for taking that immense personal risk and pushing this agenda forward".

Tracey Brown: "We've all been in a fairly celebratory mood since the Defamation Bill became the Defamation Act, but that is not yet law and I would just like to remind you that there are many people who are still facing incredibly threatening actions under the current law".

You can listen to some of the short speeches from the party at the links below and there are some pictures from the night here.

Introduction from Tracey Brown, managing director, Sense About Science: 

http://bit.ly/YUD31J

Tracey Brown's libel reform poem:

http://bit.ly/1079qaQ

Dave Gorman, author, stand-up comedian and presenter:

http://bit.ly/10ghCZM

Rob Flello MP, Shadow Justice Minister:

http://bit.ly/10PPXLU

Simon Singh, science writer and defendant in BCA v Singh:

http://bit.ly/Z7QNbt

Chris French, Professor of Psychology, Goldsmiths University:

http://bit.ly/18YCwQo

Hardeep Singh, freelance journalist and broadcaster:

http://bit.ly/YUD19R

Dr Peter Wilmshurst, consultant cardiologist and defendant in NMT v Wilmshurst:

http://bit.ly/10IJVQk

Richard Dunstan, who battled libel laws to expose illegal practices:

http://bit.ly/116Mlnq

Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics, Manchester University:

http://bit.ly/Z7QNZf

Justine Roberts, founder of parenting forum Mumsnet:

http://bit.ly/116IKG3

Dara O Briain, stand-up comedian and television presenter:

http://bit.ly/10gsMxM

Nick Cohen, journalist, author and political commentator:

http://bit.ly/14o9Zkd

You can also listen to the highlights of all the talks from the night on the latest episode of the Pod Delustion.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the evening especially to @Noodlemaz and @Kemaha for the filming and photography.