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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: Apr 21, 2017

    Immediately after Conference voted to adopt its new faith schools policy, we started work on our response to the party's more general education policy consultation.

    We presented our submission just 14 days later, on 2nd April 2017.

    Our response calls for democratic accountability to be returned to local communities, by giving local authorities or equivalent elected bodies strategic responsibility for the state schools in their areas and oversight of school admissions policies.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017


    Conference believes that:

    A. Religious communities make a valuable contribution to the cultural life of the UK, and religious organisations have played a major historic role in broadening access to education.

    B. Children should not be taught to hold or to reject religious or non-religious beliefs against the wishes of their parents, and religious instruction should not be funded by the state.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have a new policy on state-funded faith schools - and it calls for the phasing out of faith-based selection over six years.

    The policy was voted for by an overwhelming majority on Sunday 19th March 2017, at Federal Conference in York.

    It largely brings together and updates existing policy, with two major changes being the focus of the debate:

  • Article: Feb 2, 2017

    While you're at Spring Conference, why not catch the Conference Rally on the Friday and then come to our fringe meeting on Faith Schools, Faith Admissions and Liberal Democracy, organised jointly with the Liberal Democrat Education Association.

    It will be your chance to hear all sides of the discussion, and share your views, before the formal debate on faith schools.

  • HSLD Executive Committee meeting at the BHA offices in London
    Article: Jan 22, 2017

    HSLD's membership is set to hit a record level for the third year running.

    January's Executive Committee meeting will hear a report that it stands at 159 members (148 current, 11 pending).

    That puts us on course to achieve a total for our accounting year well up on the 148 for 2015-16 and 133 for 2014-15.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2016

    The 2016 Federal Elections results were announced on 17th December, and six of our members were successfully elected:

    FEDERAL BOARD: Helen Flynn, Caron Lindsay and Gordon Lishman.

    FEDERAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE: Zoe O'Connell and Jennie Rigg.


  • Article: Nov 21, 2016

    [This article has been updated with the election results]

    The 2016 Federal Elections took place in December, and we invited all HSLD members who are candidates in the elections to submit a statement of up to 250 words.

    We received statements for the following elections:

    • Federal Board
      • Helen Flynn [ELECTED], Caron Lindsay [ELECTED], Gordon Lishman [ELECTED]
    • Federal Conference Committee
      • Zoe O'Connell [ELECTED], Jennie Rigg [ELECTED], Joe Otten,
    • Federal Policy Committee
      • Michael Kilpatrick, Gordon Lishman [eliminated due to election to Federal Board]
    • Delegation to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE)
      • Peter Price [ELECTED]
  • Article: Nov 11, 2016
    By Toby Keynes

    We learned this week of the loss of one of this group's founders, Mike Quinton. Mike died peacefully in a Lancaster nursing home on November 7, 2016, aged 85 years.

    Mike did more than anyone else to organise the long-standing humanist and secularist tradition in the party into a recognised group, and he leaves as a legacy the longest established and arguably the most successful humanist group in any of the UK parties.

  • Article: Nov 8, 2016

    Candidates in the upcoming elections for the party's various Federal bodies who are also HSLD members are being invited to make a short statement which will go out to all our members and supporters.

    We are also inviting all candidates for the Party Presidency to make a statement.

    We'll aim to publish the statements on this website on Monday November 21.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2016

    We have two great events lined up for this month's Conference in Brighton .

    It's not too late to register for conference and (if you're a party member) to vote in the debates so as to decide party policy.

    We've lined up two great events for you this time, and we hope you'll be able to join us for them.