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Nick Clegg welcomes the vote on women bishops

July 14, 2014 5:44 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg welcomes the Church of England's vote to allow women to be bishops for the first time in history.

The Church of England voted today on whether to allow female bishops, ending 50 years of divisions over the role of women. The General Synod gave final approval to the new legislation, which required a two-thirds majority vote.


The motion was backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the announcement was met with cheers.

Nick Clegg commented on the good news:

"This is a watershed moment for the Church of England and a huge step forward in making our society fairer. I would like to congratulate the strong leadership that Archbishop Welby has shown on this issue.

"Allowing women to become bishops is another long overdue step towards gender equality in senior positions. I welcome the Church of England's decision which means that women can now play a full and equal role in the important work of the Church."