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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: Nov 8, 2021

    On Friday 22nd October, The Assisted Dying Bill passed through its Second Reading in the House of Lords after an exhausting debate of nearly eight hours.

    Party policy, overwhelming adopted at September's Conference debate, supports the bill but allows parliamentarians to vote as they see fit.

    Seven Liberal Democrat peers spoke during the debate, with a very strong majority supporting the bill.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2021

    On Monday 20th September, at Autumn Conference, party members amended a key passage of the Preamble to the Party Constitution, to reject prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of non-religious belief or caste.

    Previously, the Preamble recognised religious belief but not non-religious belief.

    The passage, in the second paragraph of the Preamble, now reads: "Upholding these values of individual and social justice, we reject all prejudice and discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, caste, heritage, class, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, gender or sexual orientation and oppose all forms of entrenched privilege and inequality."

  • Article: Nov 5, 2021

    On Saturday 18th September, at Autumn Conference, party members voted by a huge majority to adopt a new policy on assisted dying law.

    The new policy calls for improved end of life care, support for unpaid carers, and legislation to allow medical assistance for terminally ill people who wish to end their lives at a time and manner of their choosing.

  • Article: Nov 3, 2021

    Our fifth Liberal Democrat Conference virtual event, held on 19th September 2021.

    Inclusive School Assemblies

    How Baroness Lorely Burt's Inclusive Assemblies Bill in the House of Lords would make assemblies in non-religious schools inclusive for all students, whatever their religion or belief.

    Why existing law, which requires most state schools to hold daily assemblies "of a broad Christian character", even though most children in many areas come from non-Christian families, needs reform.

  • Article: Nov 3, 2021

    Our fourth Liberal Democrat Federal Conference virtual event, held on 18th September 2021.

    The Forgotten Human Right: Freedom of Religion or Belief

    The fundamental right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion or belief protects everyone, whatever their beliefs, but is increasingly attacked around the world; it needs protecting.

  • Article: Nov 3, 2021

    Our third Liberal Democrat Federal Conference virtual event, held on 20th March 2021.

    Is It Time To Disestablish The Church Of England?

    Why does the Church of England still have a privileged role in British politics, with reserved seats in the Lords for its bishops?

    How entangled are the British church and state, and how can we disentangle them?

  • Article: Oct 29, 2021

    This year's HSLD AGM takes place on Wednesday 10th November at 7pm.

    All members and supporters have been sent details of how to register in advance for the meeting, by post or email.

    Anyone who has lost the registration details can contact us for a reminder, via secretary@hsld.org.uk.

    The AGM papers are all available at:

  • Article: Aug 27, 2021

    Every day of this year's Autumn Conference holds important debates and events that are of special significance to us, covering

    • Friday - Conversion therapy;
    • Saturday - The right to dignity and chose at the end of life, for the terminally ill;
    • Saturday - Global abuses of the human right to freedom of religion or belief;
    • Sunday - Religious school assemblies;
    • Monday - Recognition in our party's constitution of religious and non-religious belief.
  • Article: Mar 18, 2021

    Our Disesestablishment event on 20th March attracted a record turnout of just under 90 conference goers, and you can now find it on youtube.

    The panel discussed

    * Why the Church of England still has a privileged role in British politics, with reserved seats in the Lords for its bishops;

    * how entangled the British church and state are, and how they can be disentangled.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2021

    On 4th January, we submitted our response to the Law Commission consultation "Getting Married", which is looking at wide-ranging reforms of marriage law to bring it up to date.

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    A hodgepodge of different rules now apply to different groups and forms of wedding, and don't allow for legally-recognised humanist marriage ceremonies at all.