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First female diocesan bishop named as Rachel Treweek

The Ven Rachel Treweek Credit: PA Wire

The Ven Rachel Treweek has been appointed Bishop of Gloucester, the Church of England's first female diocesan bishop.

She is the third woman to be made a bishop following the Reverend Canon Alison White, the new Bishop of Hull, and the Reverend Libby Lane, the Bishop of Stockport.

The Ven Treweek said: "It is an immense joy and privilege to be appointed as the Bishop of Gloucester. I am surprised and, I have to admit, even a little daunted by the prospect, but my overwhelming feeling is one of excitement to be coming to join with others in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of this diocese."

New Bishop of Hull named as Rev Canon Alison White

Reverend Canon Alison White will be the new Bishop of Hull. Credit: The Diocese of York/PA Wire

The Archbishop of York has announced the new Bishop of Hull will be the Reverend Canon Alison White.

The Archdeacon of Cleveland will be the Rev Samantha Rushton.

CoE first woman bishop to preach first sermon

As International Women's Day begins, the Church of England's first woman bishop will preach her first sermon today as she is installed in her home diocese.

Libby Lane was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minister in January but today's ceremony at Chester Cathedral will mark the formal beginning of her ministry in her diocese.

Libby Lane was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minister. Credit: PA

The Church of England formally adopted legislation last November to allow women to be bishops, following decades of debate. During the service she will be presented with her pastoral staff and be welcomed by the civic and faith communities from across the Diocese of Chester.

Bishop's letter angers some Conservatives

Church of England bishops caused a stir with an unusual and unexpected intervention in politics.

Calling on Christians to use their vote, the bishops sent out a letter calling for a "fresh moral vision" on issues like poverty and Britain's nuclear deterrent.

That angered some Conservatives, although, as ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports, not David Cameron.

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Claims Bishops' election letter 'leans to the Left'

Church of England Bishops took the unusual step today of urging their flocks to vote in the general election. In a formal, pastoral letter they also called for a 'fresh moral vision' from party leaders.

The Prime Minister welcomed the intervention but some Conservatives have complained it leans too far to the Left.

ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan reports:

Bishop: We should engage in politics for the common good

The Bishop of Norwich told ITV News that the Church of England was calling for more people to be engaged in politics and encouraging ordinary people and politicians to come together "for the common good."

The Rt Revd Graham James said: "Sometimes our political culture and the name calling within it doesn't actually do politicians themselves much good. What we're calling for is for all of us to engage in a politics that actually has a vision that is for the common good."

Bishop of Leicester defends Church's politics letter

The Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens has said that the Church of England's letter is meant to encourage politicians to "take their vocations seriously."

Responding to comment from David Cameron he told ITV News: "There are many things that have gone well, we acknowledge that unemployment has come down but we also notice that inequalities between the wealthy and the poor remain unhappily wide."

Mr Cameron has urged the Church to recognise improvements his Government had made, outlining efforts to create jobs, cut taxes and develop the economy.

PM 'keen for anyone to intervene in politics'

David Cameron has welcomed a letter from Church of England leaders ahead of the general election.

The Prime Minister said he was "always keen for anyone to intervene in politics", adding: "I think it's good - we want to have a political debate in our country."

Mr Cameron also urged the Church to recognise the improvements his Government had made, outlining efforts to create jobs, cut taxes and develop the economy.

"I would say to the bishops, I hope they would welcome that because work does bring dignity, does bring self-reliance, it does enable people to provide for their families, it creates a stronger society as well as a stronger economy."

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