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Agenda 2020 - HSLD's response

December 11, 2015 1:13 PM

HSLD has called for the party to

Our response to the party's "Agenda 2020" consultation argues that the party last called for broad disestablishment of the Church of England in its 2001 manifesto, and that a review and restatement of this policy is long overdue.

We argue that the party's policy on discrimination by the state against the non-religious is largely piecemeal and adhoc, driven by amendments to conference motions, even though around half of the UK population are affected, and we list examples including:

We argue that the party's existing policy on religion-based discrimination in faith school admissions is poorly-conceived and unworkable, because it would only allow local councillors to tackle problem schools by using the nuclear option of throwing them out of the state education system altogether, and that the October 2014 conference debate on equalities demonstrated a consensus in favour of a proper review of this policy.

To see our 7-page response in full, click here.