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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 religions and beliefs, 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 Humanists UK and the National Secular Society.

Recent updates

  • Article: Sep 9, 2019

    This conference, we submitted two amendments to policy motions - and they've both been selected.


    OUR HUMANIST MARRIAGE AMENDMENT

    On Saturday, 14th September, Conference will debate and vote on our amendment to the Equal Marriage policy motion.

    This is unfinished business from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, like the rest of the Equal Marriage motion.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2019

    With Autumn conference in Bournemouth coming up this weekend, here's what we have planned:


    THE HUMANIST MARRIAGE VOTE, SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER, 11.50am-12.50pm

    Support and vote for our amendment to the Equal Marriage motion, calling for the early introduction of legally-recognised humanist weddings in England and Wales.


  • Article: Jul 10, 2019
    By Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett

    On 24th June, we wrote to Jo Swinson and Ed Davey asking them for their views, as candidates in the party leadership election, on a number of questions that will be of special interest to humanist and secularist members of the party.

    We've now received Ed's response.

    Here are our questions, and Ed's response:

  • Article: Jul 5, 2019
    By Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett

    On 24th June, we wrote to Jo Swinson and Ed Davey asking them for their views, as candidates in the party leadership election, on a number of questions that will be of special interest to humanist and secularist members of the party.

    Ed's team tells us that we should have his response over this weekend.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2019

    Amendment to demand labelling of method of slaughter

    HSLD is pleased to see gathering support in parliament for clearer labelling of meat that comes from animals killed by religious non-stun slaughter methods.

    21 MPs from various parties in March proposed an amendment to the Agriculture Bill to require the introduction of mandatory labelling indicating the slaughter method, and specifically whether the animal was stunned.

  • Article: Apr 14, 2019

    Government announcement on home school register

    HSLD warmly welcomes the announcement on 2 April of a government plan to require local authorities to create a register of children who are being educated outside of mainstream education.

    The creation of a register will help local authorities to detect cases where children are receiving a wholly religious education, attending an unregistered school or not receiving an education at all.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2019

    HSLD will be at Spring Conference. There are two humanist-secularist events for your diaries:

    Our Fringe event on "Is openness on your religion or belief and your sexuality a barrier to political office?"

    Liberals believe in the right to be open about your personal religion or belief and your sexuality - but also the right to keep them private. We'll be exploring whether pressure to disclose your beliefs or sexuality deters people from public life.

  • Article: Mar 11, 2019

    Autumn Conference 2018 in Brighton saw three important wins for humanist-secularist principles in Lib Dem policy.

    HSLD was delighted to see three of its proposed amendments to policy motions adopted.

    These amendments were about ensuring:

    • That the party doesn't forget that people with non-religious beliefs have the same rights and need the same protections as people with religious beliefs, in the UK and around the world;
    • and that our party's policy on caste discrimination is reaffirmed at a time when the government intends to scrap legislation on caste discrimination that was introduced by the coalition government.

      1. To a motion on Immigration and Identity, we supported an amendment that ensures that party policy on reviewing how asylum rules affect various groups - including Christians and LGBT+ people - also includes those who flee their country of origin because of persecution for their religious or non-religious belief. HSLD was pleased to work with Lib Dems for Seekers of Sanctuary on this amendment: having ascertained that both groups were submitting similar amendments, we withdrew ours and backed theirs.

      2. To a motion on Britain at the heart of a changing world, we submitted and saw passed an amendment that ensures that the party's commitment to protect, defend and promote human rights for all specifically includes the rights of those persecuted for religion or belief.

      3. And finally, to a motion on Liberal Democrat Priorities for a Better Britain, we submitted and saw passed an amendment ensuring that caste, religion and belief are all specifically mentioned as characteristics that should be regarded when thinking about the application of equal opportunities for all.

  • Andrew Copson at 2018 AGM
    Article: Nov 6, 2018
    By Jim Forrest

    Humanists UK Chief Executive Andrew Copson was the entertaining and thought-provoking guest speaker at our AGM at the Brighton Conference.

    His talk on The Global War on the Non-Religious gave a chilling account of the growing threat from intolerance, yet delivered with a wit and panache that demonstrated all that's best about free thought.

  • Article: Mar 12, 2018

    9. HOME SCHOOLING AND UNREGISTERED SCHOOLS

    9.1.1 While we recognise the rights of parents to choose how their children are educated we believe there is a need for greater supervision of those children who are educated outside registered schools. There have been cases of children who have come to serious harm while invisible to the system because they were being home schooled. The number of such cases is small, and we would not want to see the vast majority of parents who home school their children extremely well put to great inconvenience, but we believe there is a duty to ensure the safety of such children.