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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: Oct 23, 2019

    Voting instructions for the 2019 Federal Committee elections are due to go out over the coming week, and we have invited all HSLD members who are candidates in these elections to submit a statement of up to 250 words.

    We have received statements from the following candidates:

    • Federal Board
      • Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett
    • Federal Conference Committee
      • Toby Keynes, Joe Otten
    • Federal Policy Committee
      • Michael Kilpatrick
    • Federal International Relations Committee (FIRC)
      • Gary McLelland
    • Delegation to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
      • Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Peter Price
  • Article: Oct 21, 2019

    Both the candidates for Party President have responded to our invitation, and have sent us short statements.

    Please do take a moment to check these over before you cast your vote in the Presidential election.


    The contest for Party President is rather different from that for Leader, or for members of our Federal Policy Committee, in that the President's role primarily is not about policy.

    That's why in this statement I will concentrate on how we need to support and encourage party bodies such as Humanist & Secularist Liberal Democrats, as getting our organisation and strategy right is at the heart of the President's role.

    Groups like yours have so much to contribute to the party, by giving people passionate about your issues another way to get involved and to campaign, and by bringing expertise and diverse perspectives to our decision-making.

    I know also through from talking to members of many different party bodies, including HSLD, that there are some common frustrations - such as over the difficulties in being able to communicate with other members and local parties about your work, and the way our membership processes do not encourage party bodies likes yours to go out and bring in more new members who share our views on the issues you concentrate on.

    That's where the President can come in, because these sorts of issues cut across the different boundaries within the party and go beyond the remit of party staff. The President is therefore ideally placed to listen to those concerns and then make sure we work together to address them. Which is exactly what I'd do.

    I'd be very happy to discuss these or other issues further: mark.pack@libdemnewswire.com


    For me one of the most important words in any language is 'people'.

    I believe people should be at the heart of everything you do in politics and in life.

    That is why I so respect the work of humanists and find it reassuring that we have a strong Humanist and Secularist Group in our party.

    As President I will stand up for the people who are this party whether that is members, staff, parliamentarians or those who put their lives on hold to be a candidate.

    The job is not to be the leader or the chief executive. We already have both.

    It is to communicate, facilitate and negotiate on between and on behalf of all sections of the party, chair the board and line manage the CEO to ensure our strategy gets delivered.

    At a time when we have more MPs and a growing party it is also vital to be the bridge that keeps MPs and party working as one.

    There are times when that will mean telling the leader that they are getting it wrong. I think my track record shows that I have no problem speaking the truth to power. I do not sit on the sidelines and wait. I get involved.

    I'll listen to arguments, research the evidence and make the case that the people in this party want me to make.

    And I'll use all my broadcasting skills on TV, Radio social media and from the conference platform to make sure it gets heard.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2019
    By Kay Kirkham

    Our "No Outsiders" fringe meeting at the Bournemouth Conference was packed out, with many people having to be turned away.

    The event, on Monday 16th September, discussed efforts by religious campaigners to prevent schools from teaching children about LGBT+ families and relationships.

    The highly impressive speakers were

  • Article: Oct 1, 2019
    By Kay Kirkham

    We chalked up another two wins in Bournemouth, at Autumn Conference 2019, as both of our proposals became party policy.


    On Saturday, 14th September, Conference voted overwhelmingly for humanist marriage ceremonies in England and Wales to be legally recognised at the earliest opportunity.

  • Article: Oct 1, 2019
    By Kay Kirkham

    For the first time in the history of Humanist & Secularist Liberal Democrats, our Annual General Meeting has resulted in contested elections.

    • Vera Head was re-elected unopposed as Vice-Chair.
    • Kay Kirkham was re-elected unopposed as Secretary.
    • Alastair Lichten was elected unopposed as Treasurer, taking over from Richard Flowers.
  • Article: Sep 9, 2019

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


    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:


    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.