The Westminster Faith Debates were founded in 2012 by Linda Woodhead MBE (Professor at Lancaster University) and Charles Clarke (former Home Secretary). They support informed debate about values and beliefs.
In 2012-2015 Linda and Charles organised a series of high-profile public debates in Westminster which brought together leading academics and public figures such as Kate Bottley, Tony Blair, Richard Dawkins, Shirley Williams, Rowan Williams.
These debates were informed by research directed by Linda and funded by the AHRC & ESRC. This included a series of national surveys of beliefs and values designed by Linda.
Since 2015 the focus has shifted to improving the way religion, beliefs and values are taught in schools – the area of greatest concern to emerge from the public debates. Linda and Charles are now actively pursuing and supporting research, debate and reform in this area.