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Bishop of Penrith welcomes announcement of first woman bishop

The Bishop of Penrith has welcomed the announcement that the Church of England's first woman bishop is to be appointed.

Downing Street today confirmed that the new Bishop of Stockport will be the Rev Libby Lane.

Libby Lane is currently Vicar of St Peter's, Hale and St Elizabeth's, Ashley, and will serve as suffragan (assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Chester.

The Rt Revd Robert Freeman, Bishop of PenrithThe Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev Robert Freeman, said: “I am thrilled at today's announcement and that the church has discerned Libby to be the right person to be appointed as Bishop of Stockport.

“Libby is someone I know quite well and who will bring many great qualities to her new role as bishop.

“As a Church, it has been challenging for us all to reach this point and there are still those who hold a variety of views about this issue. But we are now clear about the way ahead and can move on in Christian love. I am excited to be part of a church that will be invigorated by the ministry of women in its leadership and I look forward to working with Libby in the future.”

Earlier this year the Church of England's General Synod ratified the Canon to allow women to become bishops.

That followed a vote in July when the requisite two thirds majority of all three Houses – Bishops, Clergy and Laity – saw approval for women bishops.


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