The Archbishop of York welcomes new Bishop of Bradford

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Semantu, has welcomed the news that the Right Reverend Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford, will be the first Church of England Bishop of Leeds for the diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

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First Bishop of Leeds revealed

Downing Street has today announced that the Right Reverend Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford, will be the first Church of England Bishop of Leeds for the diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.

Nick Baines will become Bishop of Leeds

The new diocese will come into being on Easter Sunday and will be the largest geographically in the country.

It will replace the current dioceses of Bradford and Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield.

The Right Reverend Nick Baines has been Bishop of Bradford for three years.

Introducing him, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Semantu said:, "I am delighted. Bishop Nick brings a well rounded understanding of the area he will serve."

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