Williams to make statement after women bishops vote

Dr Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury
Dr Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Dr Rowan Williams is due to speak as the Church's national assembly gathers after the legislation failed to gain the necessary two thirds majority amongst lay members.

His statement will come after an emergency meeting of the Church of England bishops following the narrow defeat.

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