Former MEP and Patron of Humanists UK
“Humanism affirms the dignity of everyone. In an age where enlightenment ideas are under attack, I refuse to accept religious authority and wish to join with others in intellectual and spiritual enquiry that springs from our shared humanity.”
Carole Tongue, FRSA, is a former Member of the European Parliament for London East (from 1984 to 1999) and Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (from 1989 to 1991). While an MEP, she was Coordinator for the Socialist Group on Culture, Media, Sport, Education and Youth, spokesperson on public service broadcasting, and, from 1997 to 1999, Chair of the European Parliament Cinema and Audiovisual Intergroup.
Since leaving the Parliament she has worked in public affairs, advising companies, not-for-profit and public sector organisations, including universities, charities, NGOs and trades unions. An expert in audio-visual policy, she is currently a partner at CSPH International, advising trades unions and rights holders in the creative industries. She is also an external advisor at EUTOP, a German public affairs company, and lectures at universities in London. She has had a long involvement in the arts and creative industries, and has an extensive record of public service and campaigning in the areas of anti-discrimination, equality, diversity, economic democracy, worker participation and media plurality.
She relates this career to her humanism values:
“Throughout my professional and personal life I have fought against discrimination and for equal opportunities. Orthodox religion denies equal rights. Humanism affirms the dignity of everyone. In an age where enlightenment ideas are under attack, I refuse to accept religious authority and wish to join with others in intellectual and spiritual enquiry that springs from our shared humanity.”
Honours and awards for her work include an honorary doctorate in 2005 from the University of Lincoln for services to public service in the broadcasting and audio-visual sectors.
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