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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 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.

    OUR HUMANIST MARRIAGE AMENDMENT

    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.


    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.