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Tristram Hunt criticises “absurdities” caused by having faith schools in the education system

Tristram Hunt criticises “absurdities” caused by having faith schools in the education system

Posted: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:34

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has warned that faith schools leave little hope for an integrated education system in the UK.

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

MP: “If you despise our Christian values, please leave and go somewhere else”

Posted: Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:09

Conservative MP Sir Gerald Howarth, speaking in the House of Commons, has claimed that "we are a Christian country"- days after yet more research showed that the non-religious are the single largest group in Britain.

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

Bills on assisted dying, ‘chancel tax’, Easter trading and sharia tribunals set for Lords debates

Posted: Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:06

Several bills related to secular causes have been successful in the House of Lords Private Members' Bill ballot, meaning new laws on sharia tribunals, assisted dying, chancel repair liability, and Easter trading will be debated.

Queen’s Speech: concerns over illiberal Government counter-terror plans

Queen’s Speech: concerns over illiberal Government counter-terror plans

Posted: Wed, 27 May 2015 13:23

The National Secular Society has expressed concern over new "anti-extremism" plans announced in the Conservative Government's first Queen's Speech.

Government’s anti-extremism plans will have 'chilling effect' on free speech

Government’s anti-extremism plans will have 'chilling effect' on free speech

Posted: Thu, 14 May 2015 12:55

The National Secular Society has expressed concern at the Government's new proposals to challenge extremism and radicalisation.

NSS welcomes Eric Pickles’ exit from Cabinet

NSS welcomes Eric Pickles’ exit from Cabinet

Posted: Wed, 13 May 2015 11:39

The removal of Eric Pickles from the post of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

Free speech campaigners concerned by Ed Miliband’s vow to ban ‘Islamophobia’- without defining what it means

Free speech campaigners concerned by Ed Miliband’s vow to ban ‘Islamophobia’- without defining what it means

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:26

The National Secular Society and other advocates for freedom of expression have expressed alarm after Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his intention to 'outlaw' Islamophobia.

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Nigel Farage calls for “muscular defence” of Christianity in the UK

Posted: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:22

Nigel Farage has said that Christianity is a "significant part" of his "vision for the future of Britain" in a special message on "UKIP Policies for Christians."

Less than 40% of would-be MPs claim a belief in God

Less than 40% of would-be MPs claim a belief in God

Posted: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:49

A survey carried out by Whitehouse Consultancy has found that 33% of parliamentary candidates contesting marginal seats describe themselves as atheists.

NSS calls on Ed Miliband to clarify comments on workplace religious freedom

NSS calls on Ed Miliband to clarify comments on workplace religious freedom

Posted: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:35

The National Secular Society has called on Labour leader Ed Miliband to clarify recent comments he made during an election visit to an evangelical church.

As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”

As Cameron says UK “still a Christian country”, 62% tell YouGov they are “not religious”

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:25

Polling conducted in the run-up to Easter has found that almost two-thirds of Britons describe themselves as "not religious."

Ex-congressman tells atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet'

Ex-congressman tells atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet'

Posted: Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:57

Former US congressman Barney Frank has advised US atheist politicians to 'stay in the closet' and not to use the word "atheist."

Secularists call on Prime Minister to fix date for Easter to help schools and businesses

Secularists call on Prime Minister to fix date for Easter to help schools and businesses

Posted: Tue, 07 Apr 2015 14:20

The National Secular Society has written to David Cameron, urging the Prime Minister to fix a set date for Easter and relax restrictions on Easter Sunday opening times for large stores.

Boris Johnson describes bishops in the House of Lords as “clerical fossils”

Boris Johnson describes bishops in the House of Lords as “clerical fossils”

Posted: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:12

London Mayor Boris Johnson has described Anglican bishops with the automatic right to a seat in the House of Lords as "clerical fossils."

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Church of England voting guidance says religion cannot be separated from politics

Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:51

The Church of England has published a letter advising Church members on the upcoming election, in a move which has drawn significant criticism.

Government forces local authority to hand over £1 million site to 'Sikh ethos free school'

Government forces local authority to hand over £1 million site to 'Sikh ethos free school'

Posted: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:07

Leeds City Council has been ordered to hand over a former primary school site worth almost £1 million to an enable an undersubscribed Sikh free school to relocate.

NSS joins campaign opposing restrictions on Freedom of Information requests

NSS joins campaign opposing restrictions on Freedom of Information requests

Posted: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:38

The National Secular Society has joined with over 70 other organisations in an effort to persuade Prime Minister David Cameron to drop proposals to restrict the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

Eric Pickles is allowing his evangelical Christianity to cloud his judgment

Eric Pickles is allowing his evangelical Christianity to cloud his judgment

Posted: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:20

The National Secular Society has accused the Minister for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, of allowing his evangelical Christian views to cloud his judgment and risk a damaging split in society.