By National Secular Society
Liberal Democrats have voted in support of a motion to abolish compulsory worship in schools and to end religious discrimination against teachers in faith schools. Conference delegates however rejected an amendment to ban faith schools from selecting children on the basis of faith.
The votes took place in the conference debate on Expanding Opportunity, Unlocking Potential – the party’s main equality policy paper. National Secular Society honorary associates Julian Huppert MP and Dr Evan Harris spoke in support of the amendments.
The proposal to ban faith-based pupil selection was defeated after Business Secretary Vince Cable and Justice Minister Simon Hughes urged delegates to reject the amendment saying it risked “really serious harm”.
Julian Huppert, himself a former governor of a faith school, sought to correct the ‘misconception’ that the amendment was about ‘closing down’ faith schools.
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