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Welcome to the Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats' web site

The Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats are campaigning for humanist and secularist views within the party. We are an Associated Organisation of the Party, and are affiliated to both the British Humanist Association and the National Secular Society.

Recent updates

  • Document: Sep 12, 2014
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    To stand for the HSLD committee, please complete and return this form.

    You can stand for more than one position, although you can only be successfully elected to one position.

    You can submit your nomination in advance by post or email, or by hand to the Chair or Secretary up until Close of Nominations (AGM agenda item 7).

  • Document: Sep 12, 2014
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    The HSLD financial accounts for January 1st - December 31st 2013, which have been signed off by the appointed examiner.

  • Document: Sep 12, 2014
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    Draft minutes from HSLD AGM 2013, held on Tuesday 17th September 2013 at Glasgow Conference; for approval at 2014 AGM.

  • Document: Sep 12, 2014
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    Agenda for HSLD AGM to be held on Sunday October 5th 2014 at Glasgow Conference.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2014

    Today, HSLD publishes its new policy leaflet on halal and kosher meat.

    At the moment, most meat sold in the UK must come from animals that have been stunned before slaughter, in order to minimise animal suffering.

    However, in order to meet the religious requirements of some Jewish and Muslim communities, halal and kosher meat may come from animals that have not been pre-stunned. All kosher meat, and some halal meat, comes from these animals.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014
    By Toby Keynes

    On Friday, Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill completed its Second Reading in the Lords, its first real challenge.

    The House of Lords debated the Bill for 9 hours and 43 minutes, before agreeing without a vote to pass the bill on to a "Committee of the Whole House".

    Thanks to Lord Avebury, Sal Brinton, Navnit Dholakia, Earl Glasgow, Antony Lester, Jeremy Purvis and Jenny Tonge, who all spoke in favour of the Bill.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014
    By Toby Keynes

    Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill is due for its second reading in the Lords this Friday, 18th July 2014.

    The great majority of religious institutions remain implacably opposed to any measure that would allow anyone in the late stages of a terminal illness, to seek and be given medical assistance in ending their life, under any circumstances.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2014
    By Toby Keynes

    The government's consultation on humanist marriages has just begun - and you can contribute!

    The consultation asks

    • WHETHER the law should be changed to allow non-religious belief organisations such as BHA to conduct marriages;
    • HOW it should be done.

    If this proposal affects you, or if you have views on it, please do contribute to the consultation, at https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/marriages-by-non-religious-belief-organisations .

  • Article: Feb 5, 2014
    By Toby Keynes, Chair, HSLD

    Yesterday, Tuesday 4th February 2014, the Scottish Parliament voted the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill (Scotland) into law, by a massive majority of 105 to 18.

    The first same-sex marriages in Scotland can now take place this autumn.

    We're proud that every single one of our MSPs - Jim Hume, Liam McArthur, Alison McInnes, Willie Rennie and Tavish Scott - voted for the bill.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2014
    By Toby Keynes, Chair, HSLD

    FEDERAL CONFERENCE, YORK, FRIDAY 7th to SUNDAY 9th MARCH

    As always, we hope to see you at Conference this Spring. Let us tempt you with:

    The Manifesto Debate: play a part in the process of building our party's 2015 manifesto; if there are any votes on humanist or secularist issues, we'll need your support.