Church Of England Selects First Woman Bishop


The Church of England has chosen its first female bishop.

It’s understood a woman will take the Bishop of Stockport role just a month since canon law was changed to allow females into the top jobs.

The appointment will be made later today.

It’s unknown who the bishop will be although there are a number of favourites to take the position.

The Bishop of Stockport is a junior post, or a suffragan, within the Diocese of Chester.

That means any new bishop there will not be eligible for a place in the House of Lords, despite an expected change in the law that will see woman fast tracked.

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will announce legislation meaning female bishops will go to the front of a 10 year queue for a seat in the upper chamber.

Previously the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Welby, said the church was starting “a completely new phase of our existence”.

Speaking after the vote, he said: “It has taken a very, very long time and the way is now open to select people for the episcopacy, to nominate them on the basis simply of our sense that they are called by God to be in that position without qualification as to their gender.”

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