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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: Mar 20, 2015

    The following policy was voted on and adopted during the Liberal Democrat Spring conference in Liverpool.

    This text includes the amendments that were made from the original proposal.

    F18 Freedom of Expression in Europe and Beyond

    Mover: Maajid Nawaz

    Summation: Dr Evan Harris

    Conference condemns without reservation:

  • Article: Mar 20, 2015

    At the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Liverpool, the party has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting equality and tackling discrimination based on religion or belief, and on introducing humanist marriages in England and Wales.

    The party also made a wide-range commitment to protect freedom of expression and belief, in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

  • Document: Mar 9, 2015
  • Article: Mar 9, 2015

    We now have the final line-up for our fringe meeting on Caste Discrimination at Federal Conference:

    * Julian Huppert MP

    * Jo Swinson MP, LibDem minister in the Government Equalities Office

    * Meena Varma of the Dalit Solidarity Network

    Chaired by Gordon Lishman

    Join us to discuss:

    • why there's been no sign yet of the promised government consultation on caste discrimination;
    • whether caste discrimination really matter, or even exists, in 21st century Britain.
  • Article: Mar 3, 2015
    By Toby Keynes

    We have prepared amendments for debate at Federal Conference, covering

    • Discrimination based on religion, belief or caste, and humanist marriage;
    • Freedom of expression, anti-Muslim prejudice and criticism of Islam.

    We need at least ten conference representatives to confirm that you support each amendment, by 9am this coming Monday (9th March) at the latest, so that we can submit them before the deadline.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2015

    THE ASSISTED DYING DEBATE

    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: