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Newsline 18 November 2016

This week we were delighted with an excellent feature from BBC Two's 'Daily Politics' on our founder Charles Bradlaugh MP – whose portrait bust we recently unveiled in Parliament.

Our honorary associate Dr Evan Harris, the former Liberal Democrat MP, spoke on the programme about both Bradlaugh's life and the Society's work today. The video about the bust can be seen here, with the full clip (including discussion) available here from 48 minutes in.

Bradlaugh faced an immense struggle to take his seat in the House of Commons, and it's wonderful to see him now getting the recognition he deserves with the portrait bust which is now on prominent display in the Palace of Westminster.

If you're not already a member, help us continue Bradlaugh's work by joining the Society today or giving a donation to our 150th anniversary appeal. Any donation, no matter how much it is worth, is gratefully received.

The highlight of our 150th anniversary year has been our conference in September. We heard from some excellent speakers and all of the fascinating talks are now on YouTube.

If you are a member, we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming AGM.

The rise of faith schools will deeply divide our society

The rise of faith schools will deeply divide our society

Our campaigns director Stephen Evans writes for TES on ministers' plans to open the floodgates to new faith schools and more religious discrimination - despite the fact that we live in an increasingly secular and religiously diverse nation.

This week in the press...

The clip from the 'Daily Politics' about the bust can be seen here, with the full feature (including discussion with our honorary associate Dr Evan Harris) available here from 48 minutes in.

In addition to the article by campaigns director Stephen Evans which was published in TES, NSS Council member Sadikur Rahman was quoted in The Economist on how the state should respond to sharia councils.

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