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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: Jan 26, 2021

    Our second LibDem Federal Conference virtual event, held on 27th September 2020:


    Humanist Marriage - Why the Delay?


    • Dr Julian Huppert (previously Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Humanist Group);
    • Kate Harrison (humanist celebrant);
    • Richy Thompson (Director of Public Affairs and Policy, Humanists UK).
  • Article: Jan 26, 2021

    Our first-ever virtual Federal Conference event, held on Saturday 26th September, 2020.


    You Can't Say That! Criticising Religious Beliefs in a Hostile Environment

    In an environment of widespread hostility to some faith groups, especially Muslims, what criticism of religious institutions, beliefs and practices is acceptable?

  • Article: Aug 6, 2020

    We have now interviewed both candidates for the 2020 party leadership election, giving them the chance to make their case to you, our party's humanist and secularist members and supporters.

    You can watch our half-hour interview with Layla Moran at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNuAbZm-cDk.

    Or you can read it, in full, by downloading the transcript, here.

  • Article: Aug 6, 2020

    We have now interviewed both candidates for the 2020 party leadership election, giving them the chance to make their case to you, our party's humanist and secularist members and supporters.

    You can watch our half-hour interview with Ed Davey at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF5mWcgqTIA.

    Or you can read it, in full, by downloading the transcript, here.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2019

    Humanists UK have published their scorecard for party policies on key issues for humanists, ahead of this week's General Election.

    The Liberal Democrats are the ONLY party to score a "YES" in every single policy area:

    • Legally recognising humanist marriages;
    • Making school assemblies inclusive;
    • Extending "Religious Education" to cover humanism;
    • Ending religious discrimination in school admissions;
    • Including LGBT+ relationships in Relationship and Sex Education;
    • Removing bishops seats from the House of Lords;
    • Introducing an ambassador-level post for global freedom of religion and belief;
    • Decriminalising abortion, and creating buffer zones around abortion clinics;
    • Retaining the Human Rights Act.
  • Article: Oct 23, 2019

    UPDATE: Election results, declared on Saturday 16th November.

    Party members have until 5pm on Friday 8th November to cast their ballots in the Federal Committee elections.

    We invited all HSLD members who are candidates in these elections to submit a statement of up to 250 words, and we've received statements from the following candidates:

  • 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 voting deadline is 5pm on Friday 8th November.


    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.