Donald Oliver Soper

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Donald Oliver Soper, 1903-1998, Baron Soper

Profession: British Methodist minister, socialist and pacifist

About his life:
  • Preached at London's centres for free speech, Tower Hill and Speakers' Corner; he was often referred to as "Dr Soapbox"
  • Radicalised by witnessing inner-city poverty 
  • Became an active Labour Party member
  • Offended many Conservatives by arguing that Margaret Thatcher’s policies were inherently incompatible with Christianity. His preaching concerned the political implications of the Christian gospel
  • Active in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and was president of the Fellowship of Reconciliation in England for many years

Donald Oliver Soper
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