All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group
The All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group is a cross-party group of Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords of all three main parties, as well as members from the Crossbenches in the Lords. The Group has grown rapidly, from its first beginnings in the 1960s; in 1996 it had 47 members and it now has over 100. Associate membership of the Group is also open to staff of MPs and peers and staff working for the House of Commons or House of Lords.
The Group is not affiliated to or part of the BHA, but the BHA does provide the secretariat for the Group.
For more information you can email Naomi Phillips, BHA Head of Public Affairs and the APPHG Administrator.
The Group meets around 4 times a year to hear speakers and discuss relevant issues, as well as to share information and receive briefings on matters of interest. These matters are wide-ranging and include the promotion of a rational approach to bioethical, medical, and scientific issues, the defence of free speech, civil liberties and education.
Chair: Lord_WarnerLord Warner of Brockley (Labour)
Vice Chairs: Baroness Flather of Windsor and Maidenhead (Crossbencher); Kelvin Hopkins MP (Labour); Lord Taverne of Pimlico (Liberal Democrat); Dr Julian Huppert MP (Liberal Democrat); Lord Garel-Jones (Conservative).
Secretary: Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour)
Treasurer: Lord Dubs (Labour)
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has released a more detailed breakdown of findings from the 2011 Census in England and Wales. The new figures show demographic changes in relation to religion, compared to age, sex, ethnicity, country of birth and economic activity. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has welcomed the new figures.
Humanists around the world tomorrow will be marking the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
The government has announced it will oppose giving legal recognition to humanist weddings in England and Wales when it is debated in the House of Commons next week.
The Court of Appeal today heard the final day of evidence in widely publicised case of Jane Nicklinson, the widow of Tony Nicklinson, who sought an assisted death and Paul Lamb, immobilised after a road accident and seeking the right to an assisted death.
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