Vote to allow women bishops in Wales will build momentum in England

Revd John Davies, Bishop of Swansea and Brecon Photo: David Jones/PA Wire

Today's vote is a momentous decision for the Welsh church alone.

Reformers didn’t just win but they got exactly what they wanted: No delay and no constitutional compromise for the traditionalists who oppose them.

This vote has implications for the Church of England too.

Ireland and Scotland already allow female bishops, so England now stands alone following its refusal last year to allow them last year.

Bishops within the Welsh Church tabled a bill calling for the change which was finally accepted by its governing body after a previous vote in 2008 failed.

Today's vote in Wales will certainly reinforce momentum in the Church of England synod towards a similar conclusion in November when they next consider the issue.