Reverend Eleanor Hancock, a vicar in Carlisle, has spoken to TV Border of her shock and disappointment to the decision not to appoint women as bishops in the Church of England, but she says the debate has distracted people away from the work of the church. She said:
"Actually these things distract us from the work of the church. That what we're called to be is to be Jesus, to be Christ to the people that we work with and that we live amongst. And folk that aren't members of a church in the main, won't understand what this is all about, and I really think it gives a very wrong impression of what we're trying to do at ground level day by day; men and women working together serving the communities in which they live."