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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

  • HSLD Executive Committee meeting at the BHA offices in London
    Article: Jan 22, 2017

    HSLD's membership is set to hit a record level for the third year running.

    January's Executive Committee meeting will hear a report that it stands at 159 members (148 current, 11 pending).

    That puts us on course to achieve a total for our accounting year well up on the 148 for 2015-16 and 133 for 2014-15.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2016

    The 2016 Federal Elections results were announced on 17th December, and six of our members were successfully elected:

    FEDERAL BOARD: Helen Flynn, Caron Lindsay and Gordon Lishman.

    FEDERAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: Zoe O'Connell and Jennie Rigg.

    Delegation to the ALLIANCE OF LIBERALS AND DEMOCRATS FOR EUROPE (ALDE): Peter Price.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2016

    [This article has been updated with the election results]

    The 2016 Federal Elections took place in December, and we invited all HSLD members who are candidates in the elections to submit a statement of up to 250 words.

    We received statements for the following elections:

    • Federal Board
      • Helen Flynn [ELECTED], Caron Lindsay [ELECTED], Gordon Lishman [ELECTED]
    • Federal Conference Committee
      • Zoe O'Connell [ELECTED], Jennie Rigg [ELECTED], Joe Otten,
    • Federal Policy Committee
      • Michael Kilpatrick, Gordon Lishman [eliminated due to election to Federal Board]
    • Delegation to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE)
      • Peter Price [ELECTED]
  • Article: Nov 11, 2016
    By Toby Keynes

    We learned this week of the loss of one of this group's founders, Mike Quinton. Mike died peacefully in a Lancaster nursing home on November 7, 2016, aged 85 years.

    Mike did more than anyone else to organise the long-standing humanist and secularist tradition in the party into a recognised group, and he leaves as a legacy the longest established and arguably the most successful humanist group in any of the UK parties.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2016

    Candidates in the upcoming elections for the party's various Federal bodies who are also HSLD members are being invited to make a short statement which will go out to all our members and supporters.

    We are also inviting all candidates for the Party Presidency to make a statement.

    We'll aim to publish the statements on this website on Monday November 21.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2016

    We have two great events lined up for this month's Conference in Brighton .

    It's not too late to register for conference and (if you're a party member) to vote in the debates so as to decide party policy.

    We've lined up two great events for you this time, and we hope you'll be able to join us for them.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2016

    HSLD has just responded to the party's second "Agenda 2020" consultation.

    The consultation covers a very wide range of policy areas, and we've focussed our response around two: "Should we be concerned about the effect of increasing faith school numbers on community cohesion? If so, what should we do about it?"

  • Article: Dec 11, 2015

    HSLD has called for the party's Constitution to be updated to refer explicitly to non-religious as well as religious belief.

    Our response to the "Party Governance" consultation notes that there have been significant changes in how Liberal Democrats, society and the state recognise diverse faiths and non-religious beliefs since the party Constitution was first written, 27 years ago.

  • Article: Dec 11, 2015

    HSLD has called for the party to

    • update its policy on disestablishment of the Church of England;
    • develop coherent and comprehensive policies for tackling institutionalised discrimination by the state against the non-religious;
    • set up a review of religion-based discrimination in school admissions, perhaps as part of a broader review.
  • Article: Dec 6, 2015

    Spring Conference in York will be another historic event: the first Conference at which ANY member of the Liberal Democrats can vote in every debates.

    The Bournemouth Conference had an all-time record turnout, and Bournemouth just about managed to cope with our Conference representatives - but that was under the old rules, with only Conference representatives able to vote, and Bournemouth is a major seaside resort with hundreds of guest houses and hotels.