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York Spring Conference 15-17 March 2019: a look ahead

March 12, 2019 8:52 AM

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.

The following will be speaking:

  • Baroness Lorely Burt, a humanist, an HSLD Co-President, and ex LibDem Lords spokesperson on Equalities.
  • Aderonke Apata, whose asylum application as a lesbian from Nigeria was only successful after major support from Liberal Democrat campaigners.
  • Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, a gay humanist and HSLD Chair.

Date: Saturday 16 March

Time: 1pm-2pm

Place: Novotel, Meeting Room 5

All are welcome.

Q and A on adoption of "Islamophobia" definition

The party's Federal Board recently adopted a definition of "Islamophobia". Toby Keynes is challenging its decision to do so without consulting or involving the wider party membership. His question has been selected for discussion at conference. You can see the full text of Toby's question here. Please come to the session and show your support.

Date: Sunday 17 March

Place: Auditorium, Barbican Centre

Time: 9.40am- 10am (not 9.45am-10am)

Exhibition Stand

And finally, please call by our stand in the exhibition space. It's a chance to meet or catch up with members of the team, tell us your views on any and every element of humanist and secularist policy, or join up to HSLD.

We look forward to seeing you in York.