Bishop to take seat in House of Lords
Last updated at 11:25, Thursday, 17 October 2013
BISHOP of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome will take his seat in the House of Lords next week in a special ceremony.
He will be formally introduced into the second chamber of Parliament on Wednesday, October 23, and join the 25 Bishops and Archbishops, with the title Lords Spiritual, who sit in the house.
He said: “I am very excited by the prospect. The House of Lords is a fascinating place with a lot of interesting and very well qualified people who lead superb debates.”
He will spend a minimum of three weeks a year at the House as Duty Bishop when he will lead prayers before Parliamentary business and take part in debates.
“This will create another demand on my time,” Bishop James added, “but I do continue to see my work in the diocese as being my primary responsibility.”
His appointment comes two and a half years after becoming the Church of England’s lead bishop on healthcare issues.
He will be joined by his wife Alison and three of their four children.
First published at 11:24, Thursday, 17 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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