The Way Ahead for Skeptical and Rationalist Campaigning
by Dr Evan Harris
When: FRI, Sep 17, 2010 8.00 – 10.00 PM
Where: The Vines (aka the Big House), 81 Lime Street, Liverpool
Dr Evan Harris, was educated at the Blue Coat School in Liverpool and qualified in medicine from Oxford University in 1991. He was the Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon from 1997-2010. During his time as an MP – and since – he has campaigned strongly for free speech, human rights, equality, science, evidence-based policy, secularism and much else besides. He was the Lib Dem Science Spokesman and served on the Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Science and Technology Select Committee.
He was responsible for the abolition of the blasphemy law and criminal defamation As Parliamentary lead on the Libel Reform campaign, he advised English PEN , Index on Censorship and Sense About Science on strategy and worked to build a coalition in Parliament to reform Britain’s outdated libel system. He has also campaigned for better Parliamentary scrutiny of the Government, as part of the Parliament First group and was elected to the “Wright” Committee on the Reform of the House of Commons. He is a patron of Dignity in Dying, a Vice-President of the BHA and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. He is a long-standing member of the BMA’s Medical Ethics Committee.