I'm a bet behind on my news feeds at the moment, so here's wishing a belated congratulations to Dr Evan Harris MP and Lord Avebury for their success in getting blasphemy laws abolished.

Sanderson said that Dr Evan Harris and Lord Avebury – both Lib Dems – had engineered a clever parliamentary pincer movement that resulted in the Government being forced into bringing forward its own amendment to abolish the law.

Having elicited the promise from Ministers in the House of Commons that the law would be abolished, Lord Avebury, who has been campaigning against the blasphemy laws for decades, then brought forward his own amendment to ensure that the Government could not renege on its commitment.

Ariane Sherine, who prompted the atheist bus campaign, was also given a special award for her high-profile achievement.

Atheist Bus Special Award

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