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The All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group

Watch members of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group describe how their humanism links with their politics

The All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group (APPHG) is a cross-party group of Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords of all the main parties, including members from the Crossbenches in the Lords.

The Group has grown rapidly from its beginnings in the 1960s. In 1996 it had 47 members and it now has over 100. Its officers are drawn from all parties. Currently its co-chairs are the Conservative MP Crispin Blunt and the Labour peer Baroness Joan Bakewell. Other officers include members of the Liberal Democrats, SNP, and Crossbenches, as well as further Conservative and Labour politicians.

The Group meets around four 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, and the defence of free speech, civil liberties, and education.

Humanists UK provides the secretariat to the Group, briefing it regularly on matters of shared interest and working with members to table motions, amendments to bills, questions to ministers, and to intervene in debates.

Question: Is there any role for faith in politics?

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