Bishop Christopher Foster will be the second new ‘Lord Spiritual’ to join the House of Lords this week – the Bishop of Peterborough will be introduced to the House of Lords today. The previous Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Kenneth Stevenson, was in the Lords from 1999 until he retired in 2009.
The new member of the House of Lords said the post would also require less public conversation and ministry in Parliament. He said the post was a privilege and a responsibility.
The Church of England’s Bishop of Portsmouth will become a member of the House of Lords on Thursday, 6th February 2014. The Rt Rev Christopher Foster has promised to use his experience of issues in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight as he speaks in Parliament.
He will be one of 26 Church of England bishops in the House of Lords. The two Archbishops and Bishops of London, Durham and Winchester are automatic members. The other 21 are those who have been serving the longest as diocesan bishops.
A Hampshire dog with a remarkable story is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare at the House of Lords. Anatolian shepherd dog Haatchi suffered horrific injuries as a puppy after being tied to a railway line and hit by a train.
After surviving the amputation of a rear leg and his tail, Haatchi struggled to find a new home. His future looked bleak before he was eventually adopted by Colleen Drummond, her fiance Will Howkins and his seven-year-old son Owen, in Basingstoke.