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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 faiths and none, 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 British Humanist Association and the National Secular Society.

Recent updates

  • Article: Apr 2, 2015
    By Gary McLelland

    I'm incredibly proud that the Scottish Liberal Democrats have now voted to support the right of people with life-shortening conditions to seek help to end their lives. The Choice, Compassion And Dignity At End Of Life motion was passed at the Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference in Aberdeen on Saturday 21st March.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2015

    This policy was submitted by Gary Mclelland, HSLD Chair.

    It was passed, unamended, by an overwhelming majority at the Scottish party conference in Aberdeen on Saturday 21st March 2015.

    Compassion, dignity and choice at the end of life

    Conference notes that:

    1. Assisted dying is currently an option for citizens of: the Netherlands; Belgium; Luxembourg; Switzerland; Columbia, and five US states (Washington; Oregon; New Mexico; Vermont and Montana).
    2. The Federal Party passed a motion supportive of the principles contained within this motion at Federal Conference in autumn 2012 (F20: Medically Assisted Dying), spring 2004 (Assisted Dying) and autumn 1997 (Assisted Dying).
    3. In 2010 the Scottish Parliament voted against (85 to 16) Margo MacDonald's End of Life Assistance Bill.
  • Article: Mar 20, 2015

    The following policy was voted on and adopted during the Liberal Democrat Spring conference in Liverpool.

    This text includes the amendments that were made from the original proposal.

    F18 Freedom of Expression in Europe and Beyond

    Mover: Maajid Nawaz

    Summation: Dr Evan Harris

    Conference condemns without reservation:

  • Article: Mar 20, 2015

    At the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Liverpool, the party has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting equality and tackling discrimination based on religion or belief, and on introducing humanist marriages in England and Wales.

    The party also made a wide-range commitment to protect freedom of expression and belief, in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

  • Document: Mar 9, 2015
  • Article: Mar 9, 2015

    We now have the final line-up for our fringe meeting on Caste Discrimination at Federal Conference:

    * Julian Huppert MP

    * Jo Swinson MP, LibDem minister in the Government Equalities Office

    * Meena Varma of the Dalit Solidarity Network

    Chaired by Gordon Lishman

    Join us to discuss:

    • why there's been no sign yet of the promised government consultation on caste discrimination;
    • whether caste discrimination really matter, or even exists, in 21st century Britain.
  • Article: Mar 3, 2015
    By Toby Keynes

    We have prepared amendments for debate at Federal Conference, covering

    • Discrimination based on religion, belief or caste, and humanist marriage;
    • Freedom of expression, anti-Muslim prejudice and criticism of Islam.

    We need at least ten conference representatives to confirm that you support each amendment, by 9am this coming Monday (9th March) at the latest, so that we can submit them before the deadline.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2015

    THE ASSISTED DYING DEBATE

    Great news! Our Assisted Dying motion will be debated by Scottish Liberal Democrats during the Scottish LibDem Conference in Aberdeen, Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of March 2015.

    The motion is on Compassion, Dignity and Choice at the End of Life, and it calls for assisted dying to be made legal in Scotland for the terminally ill, in limited circumstances and (of course) with strong safeguards. The Federal party's excellent existing policy on Assisted Dying covers England and Wales; if the motion is carried at Conference, we will also have a party policy for Scotland.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2015

    Last Friday, 16th January 2015, the House of Lords held its latest debate on the Assisted Dying Bill, which would allow terminally ill people in England and Wales with less than six months' life expectancy to ask for assistance in ending their lives at a time of their choosing.

    The bad news is that their Lordships didn't make much progress on the second day of the bill's Committee stage. They spent nearly two hours debating whether to change the title of the bill from "Assisted Dying" to Assisted Suicide". Then another three hours on whether to require than anyone requesting an assisted death must have been registered for at least the previous six months with one of the two doctors signing off on their request. Then their Lordships' five hours were up and the bill now has to wait until a third day of debate has been scheduled.

  • Article: Dec 22, 2014

    The cheapest rail tickets to the Liverpool Conference on Friday 13th March have just become available from Virgin Trains and Transpennine Express, but they'll go fast and prices will head upwards quickly so today's the best day to take advantage of the pre-Christmas lull and start sorting out your Conference travel arrangements.