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Welcome to the Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats' web site

Humanist & Secularist Liberal Democrats is for all Liberal Democrats, of all faiths and none, who seek an end to privilege and discrimination based on religion or belief, and believe in a humane and evidence-based approach to public ethical issues.

We are an Associated Organisation within the party, and are affiliated to both the British Humanist Association and the National Secular Society.

Recent updates

  • Article: Feb 20, 2015


    Great news! Our Assisted Dying motion will be debated by Scottish Liberal Democrats during the Scottish LibDem Conference in Aberdeen, Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of March 2015.

    The motion is on Compassion, Dignity and Choice at the End of Life, and it calls for assisted dying to be made legal in Scotland for the terminally ill, in limited circumstances and (of course) with strong safeguards. The Federal party's excellent existing policy on Assisted Dying covers England and Wales; if the motion is carried at Conference, we will also have a party policy for Scotland.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2015

    Last Friday, 16th January 2015, the House of Lords held its latest debate on the Assisted Dying Bill, which would allow terminally ill people in England and Wales with less than six months' life expectancy to ask for assistance in ending their lives at a time of their choosing.

    The bad news is that their Lordships didn't make much progress on the second day of the bill's Committee stage. They spent nearly two hours debating whether to change the title of the bill from "Assisted Dying" to Assisted Suicide". Then another three hours on whether to require than anyone requesting an assisted death must have been registered for at least the previous six months with one of the two doctors signing off on their request. Then their Lordships' five hours were up and the bill now has to wait until a third day of debate has been scheduled.

  • Article: Dec 22, 2014

    The cheapest rail tickets to the Liverpool Conference on Friday 13th March have just become available from Virgin Trains and Transpennine Express, but they'll go fast and prices will head upwards quickly so today's the best day to take advantage of the pre-Christmas lull and start sorting out your Conference travel arrangements.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2014

    Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill is now scheduled to begin its Committee Stage reading in the House of Lords this Friday, 7th November 2014.

    The Bill would allow a terminally ill person who has less than six months to live, who is of sound mind and is physically unable to end their own life, to choose to die with dignity at a time and in a manner of their own choosing, and to be given help in ending their own life. There are major safeguards built into the Bill, to prevent abuses, and it is very limited in its scope.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2014
    By Toby Keynes

    Ballot emails for the party's elections to federal committees were due to go out to all Federal Conference Representives on Friday 24th October, and we've invited all HSLD members who are candidates in the elections to submit a statement of up to 250 words for our members and supporters.

    The elections are for the:

  • Article: Oct 20, 2014
    By Toby Keynes

    The three candidates for Party President 2015-2016 have now been announced, and each candidate has prepared a statement for HSLD members and supporters.

    All current members of the party can vote in the presidential election, and voting takes place between 29 October (when ballot papers go out) and 26 November.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2014
    By Toby Keynes

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an end to the existing obligation for all state schools to hold acts of collective worship, and for non-religious schools to hold acts of worship of a broadly Christian character.

    The party has also reaffirmed its existing policy to ban state faith schools from discriminating on religious grounds in the employment of any school staff, except for staff who are responsible for religious instruction.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have adopted a new policy, calling for the role of Minister for Faith and Communities to be redefined as "Minister for Faith, Belief and Communities".

    The changed job title and description would extend the existing role to cover non-religious beliefs, such as humanism, as well as faith-based beliefs.

  • Document: Sep 28, 2014
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    Join us at The Essential Events this Federal conference, 4-8 October 2014:


    * ending religious discrimination by faith schools, and the compulsory worship obligation on non-faith schools;

    * Religious Education;

    * the "Trojan Horse" schools controversy;

    * Assisted Dying;

    * reforming the "Minister of State for Faith and Communities";

    * our AGM, with Mike Thornton MP

  • Document: Sep 28, 2014
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    This submission was made to the Ministry of Justice by HSLD on 18th September 2014, in response to the government consultation on "Marriages by Non-Religious Belief Organisations".

    Our response called for marriages by humanist groups and other non-religious belief organisations to be legally recognised.