Frank Field tables Parliamentary Bill to pave the way for appointment of women bishops

Wirral Globe: Frank Field tables Parliamentary Bill to pave the way for appointment of women bishops Frank Field tables Parliamentary Bill to pave the way for appointment of women bishops

Birkenhead MP Frank Field is asking Parliament to make it illegal for the Church of England to discriminate against women when appointing bishops.

On Tuesday evening, the Church of England’s Synod voted against changing the Church’s rules to allow for the consecration of women as bishops.

The proposed legislation needed to gain two-thirds majority in each of the synod’s three houses. But it fell short by just six votes in the House of Laity, despite overwhelming support for the change being voted for by the vast majority of diocese.

The Church of England, as with other religious organisations, enjoys exemption from some provisions in the Equality Act 2010 which effectively means they are not breaking the law by barring women from holding certain positions in the Church.

In response to the vote, Mr Field, a former member of the Synod, yesterday tabled a “Presentation Bill” in Parliament which seeks to remove from the statute book the exemptions from equality legislation that the Church of England enjoys.

The procedure allows an MP to give notice of his or her intention to present a Bill at a future time.

If passed, the Bill would make it illegal for the Church of England to discriminate against women when appointing bishops, as they currently do.

Mr Field said: “This [the Synod vote] is a terribly disappointing result, which goes against the firm wishes of the vast majority of Church of England members.

“Parliament has a role in agreeing to or rejecting the Synod’s decisions, and I believe that MPs should now use this role, in a helpful way, to ensure those firm wishes are complied with.”

Mr Feild's Bill is supported by MPs Diana Johnson, Natascha Engel, Elfyn Llwyd, Andrew George, Nicholas Soames, Roberta Blackman-Woods, Eleanor Laing and Helen Goodman.

Its second reading will take place on January 18, 2013.

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12:01pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Positive thinker says...

Good to see Frank is using his time
on doing something that's really going to make a difference
Good to see Frank is using his time on doing something that's really going to make a difference Positive thinker

3:38pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Casey Jones01 says...

For the Globe vote on this, can you include an option along the lines of "I don't really care"? Because I don't really care.
For the Globe vote on this, can you include an option along the lines of "I don't really care"? Because I don't really care. Casey Jones01

5:04pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Spiffy says...

The only way really for Frank to settle the matter once and for all is to ask God what they think.
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Shame there isn't a bible or some scripture or other that might give him a clue.
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I'm not particularly religious or allied to one god or the other...but still maintain a bit of respect for it out of, well, simple respect...and I'm pretty sure that *this* god doesn't do "democracy" of any kind and especially not the Politically Correct version.
The only way really for Frank to settle the matter once and for all is to ask God what they think. ... Shame there isn't a bible or some scripture or other that might give him a clue. ... I'm not particularly religious or allied to one god or the other...but still maintain a bit of respect for it out of, well, simple respect...and I'm pretty sure that *this* god doesn't do "democracy" of any kind and especially not the Politically Correct version. Spiffy

8:20pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Positive thinker says...

Can see it know,Frank in a skirt and dog collar
Can see it know,Frank in a skirt and dog collar Positive thinker

10:10am Sun 25 Nov 12

Hugo1008 says...

Sir Frank of the Fields, off on a tangent again, why will he not just deal with the absolute scandal on his own doorstep.

All those muppets who voted for him last time, will as always get what they deserve.

A Tory wolf in New Labour sheeps clothing, neither use nor ornamental.
Sir Frank of the Fields, off on a tangent again, why will he not just deal with the absolute scandal on his own doorstep. All those muppets who voted for him last time, will as always get what they deserve. A Tory wolf in New Labour sheeps clothing, neither use nor ornamental. Hugo1008

6:20pm Sun 25 Nov 12

craigot89 says...

Looks like Frank is doing everything in his power to avoid the real issues going on in his constituency. Still haven't heard a peep from him regarding the 100 million pounds worth of cuts which are set to devestate our community. Nevermind Frank I suppose your photo oppurtunities are more important than the people who voted you into power.
Looks like Frank is doing everything in his power to avoid the real issues going on in his constituency. Still haven't heard a peep from him regarding the 100 million pounds worth of cuts which are set to devestate our community. Nevermind Frank I suppose your photo oppurtunities are more important than the people who voted you into power. craigot89

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