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An interview with our new Chair – Joan Smith

September 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Editor in Blog - (0 Comments)

Earlier this year, Joan Smith became Chair of Labour Humanists. We interviewed her about her work, what Humanism means to her and how it relates to the Labour Party.   Tell us a little about your work, background and personal life I was incredibly lucky to be born into a non-religious family. My father was an …
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We write to Jeremy Corbyn on free speech

January 4th, 2016 | Posted by Editor in Blog | News - (0 Comments)

  Labour Humanists’s Chair and Vice Chair have written to Jeremy Corbyn to raise the issue of freedom of speech. It is Labour Humanists’ position that freedom of thought and belief – including religious and non-religious beliefs – are human rights and the cornerstone of any free and democratic society and should be robustly defended. We’ve asked …
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An important report has been published which recommends that the laws requiring compulsory worship in all state schools should be appealed. The report from the independent Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life also recommends that UK Governments should introduce a statutory entitlement for all schools within the state system for a subject dealing …
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The British Humanist Association (BHA) employs the country’s only dedicated campaigner against the discriminatory and divisive faith schools system. The BHA is asking for donations so they can continue to have this post. In just the past year, the successes of the Faith Schools and Education Campaigner include: Publishing a landmark report revealing that thousands of …
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We’ve held our ‘No Prayer’ Breakfast fringe event at Labour conference for several years and this was our most popular so far. Unfortunately for late arrivals (including some of our panel!) it wasn’t just a case of ‘no prayers’ but also ‘no breakfast’ as there were many more people than we had expected! Along with NPB regulars …
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  We have a fantastic panel of speakers for our ‘No Prayer’ Breakfast meeting at Labour conference in Brighton. Polly Toynbee – journalist, author and former British Humanist Association (BHA) president Angela Eagle MP – shadow business secretary and shadow first secretary of state Clive Lewis MP – chair, all party parliamentary humanist group Andrew Copson – …
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We surveyed Labour leadership and deputy leadership candidates on the issues that our members care about, from the Human Rights Act to faith schools. See responses so far from deputy leadership candidates Caroline Flint and Ben Bradshaw. 1. Will you campaign to retain the Human Rights Act? Ben Bradshaw I was proud to be a …
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We’ve just written to all the deputy and the leadership candidates to ask them for their positions on education, human rights, constitutional reform and more. We’ll publish the results we get on our website. Watch this space…  

Labour’s leadership and deputy leadership candidates are touring the country and taking part in hustings. There are still quite a few coming up in: Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, London, Brighton & Warrington. You can also take part in the discussions on Twitter using hashtags #labourleadership and #labourhustings What better opportunity to ask the candidates directly if …
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We are delighted that Labour MP Clive Lewis will take over as chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG). We thank outgoing chair Lord Warner, who had led the group since 2010. Clive is the new MP for Norwich South. The APPHG brings together over 100 humanist MPs and Peers from across the …
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