In a society as diverse as ours, it is hugely important that no dominant religious ideology should ever be allowed to ride roughshod over the beliefs of others. In my view, the way we create an inclusive society can only be achieved by respecting every citizen equally, and the way we do that is to create a society in which openness, tolerance and respect form the basis of the decisions we make. That means a secular state in which no one is excluded because of their beliefs.
Lorely Burt is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, who served as MP for Solihull from 2005 to 2015.
Burt was the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Small Business and Women and Equality in 2006 and in 2007 she was elected as the party's first female Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Parliamentary Party.