Purley – Why does free speech matter?

20 March 2024 , categories: Free speech, Meetings, Purley

An interview and Q&A with Dr Jan Macvarish the Education and Events Director of the Free Speech Union.

The Croydon Constitutionalists hosted an interview and Q&A with Dr Jan Macvarish the Education and Events Director of the Free Speech Union.  Dr Macvarish is a researcher, writer and lecturer, and sociologist with a strong interest in family life.  She has conducted research into contemporary single living, teenage pregnancy, and parenthood.  She also stands for freedom of speech, freedom of thought, the reinvigoration of public life and protection of private life.

We have published a podcast from the event at:


where we talk about the role of and the campaigns of the Free Speech Union, why free speech matters and widen the discussion to talk about the modern family.

Other activity at Croydon Constitutionalists

We have a new article on Live Facial Recognition asking is it a nightmare for criminals or for freedom? (Live Facial Recognition).

We have an intro this year’s election in the world’s largest democracy India (https://croydonconstitutionalists.uk/india-democracy/).

And we continue with our interviews of candidates for the next election, with interviews from candidates for the Libertarian Party (https://croydonconstitutionalists.uk/category/party/libertarian-party/), Reform (https://croydonconstitutionalists.uk/category/party/reform-brexit-party-party/) and the SDP (https://croydonconstitutionalists.uk/category/party/sdp/).

We are growing!

We are expanding our activities via regional Politics in Pubs groups and have created a map where you can search for a group near you. If you live near Salisbury or Northampton we have members who wants to start new groups in those towns, so please let us know if this of interest.

Don’t worry if you can’t find anything nearby as you can start your own group. If you would like to be put in touch with other people interested in talking about politics, please reply to this email letting us know your location and we’ll help to get the conversation started.

We have also started to grow our network with other free speech groups who have a similar interest in open discussion and debate. If you have such a group and want to appear on our map please get in touch.