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 British Humanist Association (BHA) has today welcomed a number of new reports and surveys showing strong support for making Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) compulsory in schools.
The Department for Education (DfE) has today announced the approval of 102 new Free Schools due to open from September 2014, including 25 new religious schools, as well as one Steiner school. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has expressed regret at the continuing increase in the number of ‘faith’ schools.
A proposal in the House of Commons to give legal recognition to humanist marriages in England and Wales has been halted through the last minute intervention of the Attorney General.
Prominent humanists have taken a significant role in the International Day of UN Peacekeepers Remembrance Ceremony, which commemorates UN peacekeepers who have been killed in the line of duty.
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