Bruce Kent (born 22 June 1929) is a British political activist and a retired Roman Catholic priest. Active in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), he was the organisation's general secretary from 1980 to 1985 and its chair from 1987 to 1990. He now holds the honorary title of vice-president. In 1960 he joined the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a specialist section of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Kent is the son of Molly (Marion) and Kenneth Kent. He was educated in Canada before attending Stonyhurst College. He served as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment from 1947 to 1949 and afterwards read jurisprudence at Brasenose College, Oxford, from 1949 to 1952.
In 1987, Kent left the priesthood rather than comply with an instruction from the Cardinal Basil Hume to desist from involvement in the 1987 UK general election in accordance with the canon law of the Catholic Church.
In 1992, Kent was a candidate for the Labour Party in the constituency of Oxford West and Abingdon, where he came third. Had he been elected, he would at the time have been prevented, as an ordained priest, from taking his seat in the House of Commons. Sitting Member of Parliament and former Conservative minister John Patten, also a Catholic, retained his seat. Kent is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
In a ceremony held on 19 October 2019, Kent was honoured with the International Peace Bureau (IPB) Sean MacBride Peace Award.
- Veteran anti-nuclear campaigner gives city peace talk Yorkshire Post, 1 July 2009
- Kent, Bruce. "BRUCE KENT – Biographical information". Retrieved 20 April 2021.
- "Christian CND". Retrieved 24 July 2011.
- Kent, Bruce (1992). Undiscovered ends. ISBN 9780002159968.
- ARC Patrons Biographies[failed verification] Arms Reduction Coalition
-  Sale, J. (1999). "Passed/Failed: Bruce Kent". The Independent, Thursday, 28 January 1999 (Online: Accessed 7 November 2010).
- Kent, Bruce. "BRUCE KENT – PEACE WORK FOR OVER SIX DECADES". Retrieved 20 April 2021.
- Hansard – 16 June 1999, col 394
- English Counties United Kingdom Election Results 1983–97
- Teague, Ellen (15 October 2019). "Bruce Kent honoured with peace award". The Tablet. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
- Bruce Kent website
- National Portrait Gallery Images of Bruce Kent
- Interview about CND for the WGBH series, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
- My Favourite Books Article in Socialist Review Issue 191, 1995
- Articles written by Bruce Kent in The New Statesman
- The myths of the Arms Trade article in The Tablet
- The Abolition of War: The Politics of Realistic Utopianism article in Disarmament Diplomacy