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Archbishop to give key speech at York Synod

Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to give a key speech to members of the Church of England's national assembly in York as attempts to restart talks over introducing women bishops get under way.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will give his first presidential address to the General Synod, at York University, as Archbishop of Canterbury.

The 57-year-old former oil executive and Bishop of Durham formally succeeded Dr Rowan Williams as head of the Church of England earlier this year.

His address comes as the General Synod attempts to restart talks over women bishops for the first time since the shock defeat of legislation in November.

Members will also be asked to approve a draft scheme to dissolve the three existing dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield.