Wonga embarrassment for Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury told Wonga the Church of England wants to "compete" it out of existence. It was then revealed the two are linked.

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Welby: Church shouldn't have invested in Wonga

Talking about the revelation that the church's pension fund had invested in payday lender Wonga, the Most Reverend Justin Welby has said the business is "incredibly complex" and explained of a £5.5bn portfolio, £75,000 was invested indirectly in Wonga without his knowledge.

Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby. Credit: Press Association

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today's programme, he said: "It shouldn't have happened, it's very embarrassing but these things happen and we have to find out why."


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Archbishop 'furious' over Wonga investment

The Archbishop of Canterbury is reported to "furious" by the BBC after it was revealed that the Church of England pension fund invests in one of Wonga’s key financial backers.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is said to be "furious" when the revelations were made. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The Most Reverend Justin Welby yesterday launched an attack on the payday loan company saying he wants to "compete it out of existence" by supporting credit unions.

The Church has now launched an investigation into how it has come to invest in the company.

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Ex-oil executive Archbishop was on banking commission

  • The Most Rev Justin Welby read law and history at Trinity College, Cambridge and began his career in the oil industry based in Paris and London, where he worked on West African - mainly Nigerian - and North Sea projects.
  • He became a group treasurer in a company called Enterprise Oil, before resigning in 1987 after 11 years in the industry to train for the Anglican priesthood.
  • He has also served on the parliamentary Banking Standards Commission.
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Church of England 'indirectly invests in Wonga'

The Church of England’s pension fund has admitted it invests in one of Wonga’s key financial backers, the Financial Times (£) reported.

The fund invests in Accel Partners, a US venture capital firm that led the fundraising for Wonga in 2009, the report states.

The Archbishop of Canterbury told Wonga the Church of England wants to 'compete it out of existence;. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A Lambeth Palace spokesperson said: “We will be asking the Assets Committee of the Church Commissioners to investigate how this has occurred and to review the holding in this pooled investment vehicle.”


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Newcastle striker reverses refusal to wear Wonga logo

Papiss Cisse pictured wearing last season's Newcastle short which was sponsored by Virgin Money. Credit: PA

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has agreed to wear the logo of sponsor Wonga on his shirt.

The 28-year-old Muslim had refused to display the pay-day loan company's branding on his kit because earning interest is forbidden by Islamic Law.

However, after several weeks of delicate negotiations, the Senegal international and the club have now found a solution and the player, who missed the club's pre-season training camp in Portugal as a result of his stance, will return to the fold.

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