Academic and former MP
"I always knew I was an atheist, but it always bugged me that this was a statement of denial, not a positive vision. As soon as I realised the existence of humanism, it was obvious that that was what I was and what I wanted - a philosophy that is based on people and on reality."
Julian Huppert was the Member of Parliament for Cambridge between 2010-2015, during which time he served as Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group, and among other campaigns, argued strongly for humanist marriages to be allowed in England and Wales. He is also an academic, previously working on unusual DNA structures and how they can be targeted to develop anti-cancer agents, and now increasingly focusing on public policy and how to do it better - including championing the use of evidence.